We report on the latest poll by Gallup and Phi Delta Kappa that surveyed individuals nationwide to discover their views on the current state of public schools.
A new PDK/Gallup Poll
offers some interesting statistics on how parents view the current state of public schools. While standardized testing
did make its way into the poll, more parents were worried about school funding than how to assess school and student performance. The majority of parents also thought their neighborhood school was doing a pretty good job, although they didn’t rank public schools as well on a national level. Read on to learn more about how parents see the condition of public education today.
About the Poll
The poll is a collaborative effort between Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup. The poll is conducted annually, and is considered one of the best-known research instruments today. This year, researchers surveyed more than 1,000 Americans over the age of 18, asking both questions from previous years and questions new to this year’s survey. Because it is performed annually, researchers are able to track changing views of the education system, as well as evaluate new ideas and processes in public education.
Are Public Schools Passing or Failing?
In the midst of debates over standardized testing
and other issues facing public schools today, the Christian Science Monitor
reports that most parents responding to the poll have a generally favorable view of the public education system. This year, researchers received the highest grade for community schools ever recorded, indicating most adults thought schools were performing fairly well.
Despite the high marks, the overall view of the public education system is lower than the view of...read more