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Public Not Aware of Common Core

By Catherine Gewertz — July 17, 2012 1 min read
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Nearly nine out of 10 public school teachers are now aware of the Common Core State Standards, and most of them have a “very” or “somewhat” favorable impression, according to new polling data. Meanwhile, the general public is still mostly out of the loop about the new standards.

Sixty percent of U.S. voters say they have seen, read, or heard “nothing at all” about the new standards for English/language arts and mathematics in the past six months, a figure unchanged since an early poll in August 2011. Another 20 percent replied “not much” to the question.

Public school teachers’ awareness, on the other hand, continues to grow, which should come as little surprise given that states and districts have become more active in ramping up their implementation efforts. At the same time, favorability ratings among teachers have also climbed, with 68 percent saying they have either a very or somewhat favorable impression.

The survey was commissioned by Achieve, a nonprofit group that played a lead role in managing the development of the common-core standards.

A version of this article appeared in the July 18, 2012 edition of Education Week as Public Not Aware of Common Core

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