ERIC Number: EJ1042085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
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Americans Put Teacher Quality on Center Stage: The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools. Part II
Bushaw, William J.; Calderon, Valerie J.
Phi Delta Kappan, v96 n2 p49-59 Oct 2014
In this, the second installment of a two-part report of the 46th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the report unveils what Americans are thinking about public schools--in particular their views of teachers and the classrooms where they work. Some findings were surprising, others were not. For example, for the first time in five years Americans' trust and confidence in teachers declined; six of 10 Americans said entrance requirements into teacher preparation programs should be more rigorous; most Americans (61%) oppose using student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers; a majority of Americans (58%) said the curriculum used in their community's schools needs to change; more Americans agree than disagree that students should have shorter summer breaks and longer breaks at other times of year--akin to a year-round school scenario; fewer Americans said a college education is very important.
Descriptors: Public Schools, Public Opinion, Educational Attitudes, Annual Reports, National Surveys, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Investment, School Restructuring, Educational Change, College Role, Undocumented Immigrants, Telephone Surveys, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Indicators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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