Nine out of 10 math and English/language arts teachers say having state standards is good for classroom instruction, according to a survey released last week by the RAND Corp. But less than 1 in 3 teachers surveyed support using current state tests to measure whether students have mastered those standards.
RAND administered the survey in February 2016 to a nationally representative sample of teachers. Support for state standards was high—above 85 percent—across teacher subgroups, including teachers in states using the Common Core State Standards and those who reported being in non-common-core states.
When it came to assessment, teachers were much more skeptical: 30 percent of math teachers and 31 percent of English/language arts teachers did not support their state’s test.
A version of this article appeared in the October 11, 2017 edition of Education Week as Teachers’ Perspectives