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UConn Poll Finds Americans Are Skeptical of Common Core Standards

by | May 5, 2014 10:13am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
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istockphoto A University of Connecticut poll found that only 39 percent of Americans have heard of Common Core State Standards, but those who are aware are generally skeptical of its ability to boost K-12 education.

Just 33 percent of the 1,007 voters polled believe adopting Common Core will increase the quality of education in their communities, compare to 27 percent who say it will have no effect and 30 percent who say it will be detrimental.

The controversial initiative adopted in 44 states was approved in 2010 by Connecticut’s Board of Education. Some lawmakers in Connecticut sought a moratorium on implementing the new standards and corresponding testing, but the legislation died in committee after Republican lawmakers used a rare parliamentary rule to get a public hearing on the issue.

The nationwide poll by the University of Connecticut found that overall 38 percent believe Common Core is a good policy, compared to 44 percent who believe the opposite. Common Core is an education initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. It seeks to establish consistent education standards so that test scores in one state and be compared to test scores in another state. The goal is to better prepare students for college and the workforce.

“In general, Democrats and liberals are more likely than anyone else to regard Common Core positively, while Republicans and conservatives are far more wary,”  UConn Poll Director Jennifer Necci Dineen said. “That suggests people are seeing this issue at least partly in partisan political terms, rather than evaluating the initiative on its own.”

The debate over Common Core has fueled some misconceptions about what the initiative actually means, according to Casey Cobb, head of the educational leadership department at UConn’s Neag School of Education.

“Ironically, the perception of Common Core sometimes is that it’s a national curriculum that’s being forced onto states, and that’s more myth than reality,” he said. “Unlike some earlier reforms, like No Child Left Behind, there’s actually more flexibility for states when it comes to working with this set of standards.”

Dineen points out that Americans aren’t opposed to a set of national standards in education that should hold true from state to state. The poll found that 73 percent say national standards are a good idea, 64 percent say the expectations of students should be the same in all states, and 68 percent it’s very important to have a consistently quality education regardless of where students live.

“Americans like the idea of national standards to ensure a good education whether you’re in Massachusetts or Mississippi,” Dineen said. “They just don’t think Common Core is the best way to achieve that.”

Some of this wariness might be a reflection of the fact that Americans are, in general, positive about their local schools. The UConn poll found that 59 percent of Americans believe the quality of local education is either good or excellent, compared to 11 percent who think it’s poor.

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posted by: DirtyJobsGUy | May 5, 2014  10:36am

This attitude is a hard learned one from 40 years of education fads.  Let’s go down the list:

New Math (hopeless without really outstanding math major instructors)

Whole Language (again hopeless without a self-educating student)

Everyday Math (hopeless unless all students are prodigies who don’t need the teacher anyway)

Constructivist Science (mish mosh of subjects)

So we got the average student unable to construct sentences, do fractions or anything else their parents could do in middle school.

I’ve asked my affluent suburban school board where I send the bill for all the time I spent repairing the damage in my daughter’s education.  Local control of curriculum, instructors and methods is the only way.

posted by: Bluecoat | May 5, 2014  10:53am

“Common Core is an education initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers”
Once again another Local News reporter keeps repeating this lie.
It is not hard to spend 15 minutes researching this statement, and it isn’t difficult to find out that this is just not true!

posted by: Bluecoat | May 5, 2014  10:58am

How about directing us to information like this:

posted by: Bluecoat | May 5, 2014  11:02am

And of course no mention of the creepy data collection going on without parental knowledge or written permission.

posted by: Bluecoat | May 5, 2014  11:04am

Also of interest is the Video clip in this report that was an excerpt from “Building the Machine”, that had various view points in regards to the CC.

This is not a Republican vs Democrat issue!

posted by: PWS2003 | May 5, 2014  3:32pm

this YouTube video will help you understand CC.


It is worth the time.

posted by: Joebigjoe | May 5, 2014  4:00pm

Radical Idea Alert!!!

Why dont we just Common Core Math or Science and see how that works out?

Why do we have to put everything in upheaval?

Some of the stories coming from other states relating to flat out lies about our history, under the guise of Common Core are chilling.

Didnt we learn from Obamacare to not do a massive program all at once? Some of us did for sure.

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