The 46th annual PDK International/Gallup Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released last week, and for Common Core opponents, there’s good news – your message is resonating. Here are some key findings from the poll:
- In 2013, the PDK/Galllup poll found that 62% of Americans had never heard of Common Core. But in 2014, 81% of Americans had heard about Common Core, with 47% indicating they know “a great deal or a fair amount.”
- 60% of Americans oppose Common Core Standards because they believe the standards will limit the ability of teachers to teach what they think is best for students.
- 56% of Americans believe local school boards should be the primary driver of curriculum in public schools.
It’s never a positive when greater knowledge of an issue leads to low popularity.
The goods news for Common Core opponents does not stop there. A 2014 poll by the publication Education Next found that many teachers are having a change of heart with respect to Common Core.
- The 2013 Education Next poll found that 76% of teachers supported Common Core, with 12% opposed.
- The 2014 poll found that 46% of teachers supported Common Core, with 40% opposed.
The considerable shift in teacher attitudes in just one year may relate to the fact that more educators have undergone training on the Common Core Standards and more schools districts have fully implemented them.
But, if you want even harder evidence that Common Core is not sitting well with the America public, just look at a map. Truth in American Education provides on its homepage a chart noting 35 states which currently have some form of Common Core opposition in the works in state legislatures.
A state consortium formed to administer state achievement tests aligned with Common Core is losing popularity as well. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) began with a membership of 23 states (including the District of Columbia). Today, 12 states and the District of Columbia are listed on the PARCC homepage as participating and The Heartland Institute tells us that 6-8 of these states are considering dropping out.
And here in Ohio, Common Core opposition is making heads turn at the Statehouse with packed hearing rooms for the repeal bill HB 597; legislators are starting to pay close attention to the debate to determine what side of the issue they should be on.
There’s a lot of positive momentum when it comes to the effort to repeal Common Core. Concerned parents in Ohio should take advantage of this tailwind by continuing to press hard. The state of Ohio spent $400 million to implement the Common Core Standards and the powers that be will not let this education boondoggle go down without a fight.