Report Reveals Public Support for School Reform, Disdain for Common Core

Originally published by Opportunity Lives

by EVAN SMITH

“The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

So said Mark Twain, in a now legendary quip to a newspaper reporter, following multiple sources claiming the famed humorist had died of a sudden illness. One paper even went so far as to print an already-prepared obituary, which claimed Twain had died “in poverty,” a notion Twain apparently found so comical as to justify a response.

“I can understand perfectly how the report of my illness got about, as I have even heard on good authority that I am dead,” he wrote.

Which brings us to our topic at hand: the much-touted, oft-repeated, rumored death of school reform in America.

As it turns out, a new report from Education Next reveals, “the rumors of the demise of school reform have been greatly exaggerated.”

The report highlights how school reform remains very popular in the United States, with support for charter schools, merit pay for teachers and teacher tenure reform on the rise.

Charter schools especially have seen great support, with favorability ratings hovering at more than 65 percent nationally.

But the report also reveals widespread and growing public disdain toward the Common Core State Standards, with fewer than 50 percent of respondents saying they support the use of Common Core. That’s a massive drop from the 83 percent support the public had for the curriculum frameworks in 2013.

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Source: EdNext

The EdNext report tracked 10 years of public opinion on education reform questions, in the hopes of determining where the nation stands today and where it… to read the full article, Click here!