ERIC Number: EJ1047566
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Publication Date: 2015
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No Common Opinion on the Common Core
Henderson, Michael B.; Peterson, Paul E.; West, Martin R.
Education Next, v15 n1 p8-19 Win 2015
According to the three authors of this article, the 2014 "EdNext" poll yields four especially important new findings: (1) Opinion with respect to the Common Core has yet to coalesce. The idea of a common set of standards across the country has wide appeal, and the Common Core itself still commands the support of a majority of the public. Proponents probably need to clarify their intentions to the public if they are to keep support from slipping within both the nation's teaching force and the public at large. (2) Americans give good grades to about half the teaching force in their local district, but they hand out an unsatisfactory grade (D or F) to nearly one-fifth of the teachers. This may help explain why a majority of the public opposes teacher tenure. However, a majority of teachers favor tenure and, in general, teachers give their colleagues a higher grade than the public does. (3) In a quarter of households with school-age children, a child is attending or has attended a school other than the traditional public school. (4) Members of the public are less inclined to favor using additional funds for class-size reduction if they know its cost relative to the cost of teacher pay and the purchase of new books and technologies.
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Effectiveness, School Choice, Tenure, Class Size, Misconceptions, Educational Finance, Surveys
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