Education Report Roundup

American Public Says School Improvement Goes Beyond Academic Standards

By Laura Greifner — June 26, 2006 1 min read

“Reality Check 2006: Is Support for Standards and Testing Fading?” is available from Public Agenda.

The American public believes that high academic standards and testing in schools are necessary, but that those two measures alone are not sufficient to improve public education, a survey suggests.

Public Agenda, a New York City-based public policy group, surveyed nearly 4,000 students, parents, teachers, and administrators nationwide. According to the survey, parents are twice as likely to cite lack of money and lack of respect for teachers as “very serious” problems in schools as they are to cite low academic standards. Students and teachers also identify lack of money and lack of respect for teachers as more serious issues.