Standards & Testing

NSBA Lauds PDK/Gallup Public Poll Findings that Value Local Public Schools and Resist Vouchers

(Alexandria, Va. – August 23, 2015) In its advance review of the newly-released 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is pleased to find strong public support for local governance, resistance to vouchers, and high marks for local schools.

This year’s PDK/Gallup Poll is titled “Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans.” In addition to garnering public opinion on standardized testing, the poll explores an array of education “hot topics,” including Common Core, school choice, school performance, school funding, vaccinations, and more. New to this year’s poll, data are reported by specific population sectors, including public school parents, political party affiliation, and race (white, black, and Hispanic).

“For the 10th consecutive year, Americans named lack of financial support as the biggest problem facing their local schools,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association. “ESEA reauthorization offers an opportunity to ensure that every public school district is adequately funded and able to support high-quality teaching and learning.”

Ohio education policy experts testified on Common Core State Standards

Speaking before the House Rules and Reference Committee on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Ohio education policy experts voiced Ohio’s long commitment to standards and improving the state’s education system. Seeking to dispel myths surrounding the CCSS, the experts presented a fact-based analysis which included information on the standards’ origins and its limitation to mathematics and English language arts. The testimony went on to stress how the standards will support improved student achievement and promote a strong and secure economic future for Ohio.

NSBA’s Actions Regarding the Common Core State Standards

Read about NSBA’s actions regarding Common Core: Congressional testimony, policy statements, and grassroots calls to action.

Background on the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards set forth academic standards for English language arts and mathematics and reflect knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and career.

NSBA’s Position on National Academic Standards

NSBA strongly urges Congress to provide maximum authority and flexibility to the states regarding academic standards.

Academic Standards

NSBA supports state-led development and voluntary adoption of common academic standards that ensure U.S. public school students are prepared for college and careers.

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