Most Americans Unaware of Common Core, PDK/Gallup Poll Finds
Nearly two out of three Americans have never heard of the Common Core State Standards, and among those who have, fewer than half believe the new, more rigorous academic goals in English/language arts and mathematics adopted by all but four states so far will make the United States more competitive in the world, according to a new poll from Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup .
Sixty-two percent of respondents in PDK/Gallup’s annual national survey on public education hadn’t heard of the common core.
And among public school parents, 55 percent didn’t know anything about the new academic standards, despite the fact that educators have already begun putting them into practice in classrooms in the vast majority of states and school districts and have been warning that initial test scores will drop as a result. Of those who had heard of the common core, many were confused by, or misunderstood the standards and their genesis. At the same time, 95 percent of poll respondents said they think schools should teach critical-thinking skills, one of the main goals...
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