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Phi Delta Kappan, 2017
The 2017 PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools finds that Americans overwhelmingly want schools to do more than educate students in academic subjects. While they value traditional academic preparation, Americans say they want schools to substantially help position students for their working lives after school, which means…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Public Schools, Role of Education, Resource Allocation
Phi Delta Kappan, 2016
Why school? The 48th Annual PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools included questions about the purpose of schooling, standards, homework, school funding, and parents' relationships with their schools. The 2016 poll, which was conducted by Langer Research Associates, was based on a telephone poll of 1,221 adults during April…
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Public Schools, Role of Education, Academic Standards
Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie; Plucker, Jonathan A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
The OECD and its U.S. administrator, McGraw-Hill Education CTB, have recently concluded the first cycle of the OECD-Test for Schools in the U.S. This test is being marketed to local schools and is designed to compare 15-year-olds from individual participating schools against peers nationally and internationally using the OECD's PISA test as its…
Descriptors: Participation, International Education, Comparative Testing, Comparative Education
Bushaw, William J.; Calderon, Valerie J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2014
The 46th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools reveals that Americans say they know a lot more this year about the Common Core State Standards than they indicated a year ago, and they like it a lot less. Americans also say local school boards should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Attitudes, Public Opinion, Academic Standards
Rose, Lowell C.; Gallup, Alec M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2006
Rose and Gallup report on the results of the 38th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitude Toward the Public Schools. This year's survey examined No Child Left Behind and the public's perception of the law, the appropriate role of standardized testing, the achievement gap between white students and black and Hispanic students, the…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, White Students, Standardized Tests, School Choice
Winkler, Amber – Phi Delta Kappan, 2002
Examines differences in new teacher and veteran teacher attitudes toward Virginia's Standards of Learning test. Finds that veteran teachers' attitudes are characterized by a perceived loss of power and professionalism. New teachers' attitudes are characterized by gains in collaborative opportunities and instructional freedom. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Beginning Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Standardized Tests
Rose, Lowell C.; Gallup, Alec M. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2000
The 2000 poll shows substantial public satisfaction with public schools; willingness to improve the existing system; eroding support for high-stakes testing and for private- and religious-school choice; insufficient financial support as schools' biggest problem; and parents as having greater influence than teachers over student performance. (MLH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Charter Schools, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
Jago, Carol – Phi Delta Kappan, 2000
In pondering the reasons for declining standardized test scores at higher grade levels, a California high-school teacher realized that instruction may not be keeping pace with tests. A study of Chicago Public Schools found that repeated or low-level instruction in math and language arts classes was commonplace. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Arts, Scores
Rotberg, Iris C. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Summarizes findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on reading, mathematics, science, writing, high and low achievers, race, types of schools, and geographic regions and affirms the potential of American education to solve its own problems with government assistance at the federal level. (JBM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Assessment
Sternberg, Robert J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Standardized intelligence quotient tests should be supplemented and/or replaced by new tests that (1) emphasize the consequentiality of test material and speed selection rather than speed, (2) minimize demands on prior knowledge and test anxiety, and (3) measure intelligence according to three general classes: problem-solving ability, verbal…
Descriptors: Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Tests, Intelligence, Intelligence Quotient
Sproull, Lee; Zubrow, David – Phi Delta Kappan, 1981
Interviews with administrators in western Pennsylvania concerning standardized testing revealed that central office administrators do not perceive themselves to be primary users of test information. They prefer to consider personal or teacher observation, parental and community feedback, and the achievements of students and graduates as…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Central Office Administrators, Decision Making
Salmon-Cox, Leslie – Phi Delta Kappan, 1981
A study of elementary teachers' reliance on standardized test scores shows that teachers depend more heavily on observation in student assessment. (WD)
Descriptors: Ability Grouping, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Information Utilization
Copperman, Paul – Phi Delta Kappan, 1979
Rebuts articles asserting that the steep decline in school test scores has been stopped. (IRT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Tests, Aptitude Tests, Elementary Secondary Education
Sternglass, Ernest J.; Bell, Steven – Phi Delta Kappan, 1983
Presents new evidence to show that nuclear radiation is associated with impaired cognitive functions. Links changing levels of radiation from U.S. nuclear bomb testing to the long decline--and now the beginnings of a rise--in Scholastic Aptitude Test scores. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Aptitude Tests, Geographic Regions, Graphs, Nuclear Energy
Kauchak, Donald – Phi Delta Kappan, 1984
Observing that an undesirable byproduct of competency testing for teacher certification has been a nationwide decrease in the number of Blacks entering teaching, this article analyzes Louisiana data on race of National Teacher Examinations takers and declining percentages of Blacks entering the profession. (MJL)
Descriptors: Black Education, Black Teachers, Higher Education, Minimum Competency Testing
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