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ERIC Number: ED527112
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Strong Support, Low Awareness: Public Perception of the Common Core State Standards
Achieve, Inc.
In June 2010, the final Common Core State Standards (CCSS)--K-12 standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy developed through a multi-state initiative--were released. Since then, 45 states and Washington DC have chosen to adopt the new standards as their own. Implementation efforts are underway in most of these states, providing an important foundation for transforming education and making college and career readiness a reality for all students. Despite the widespread adoption of the standards--which will directly impact the over 42 million students in K-12 public schools across 45 states and the 2.7 million educators teaching in those schools--it has been unclear what, if anything, the public knows and thinks about the CCSS and related reforms. To explore the public's awareness of and support for the new Common Core State Standards and aligned common assessments Achieve commissioned a national poll in August 2011. Findings include: (1) Generally, public education is considered to be a very or extremely important issue to voters across the board. However, only about one in ten voters--and educators--believe public education is working pretty well right now; (2) There is strong support among voters and teachers for common standards. The support is strong regardless of age, education level, race, ethnicity or party affiliation; (3) The Common Core State Standards are in the early stages of implementation and awareness among the general public is very low. Awareness among teachers is significantly higher; (4) Among voters who are aware of the Common Core State Standards, there is a mixed impression of the CCSS, with essentially the same percentage having a favorable and unfavorable view. Among teachers who are aware of the Common Core, there is generally a more favorable view; and (5) There is strong support for common assessments among states, but also disagreement as to how the results of the assessments should be used. The general public strongly supports using the results for a full range of accountability purposes, while teachers are more skeptical of using test results for such purposes. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Achieve, Inc.