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PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools: Testing Doesn't Measure Up For Americans

Abstract

"Americans believe there is too much emphasis on standardized tests, according to the recent PDK/Gallup Poll of the Publics Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. Respondents said that student engagement in classwork and the percentage of students who feel hopeful about their futures were better measurements for the effectiveness of schools.

Other highlights:
  • For the 10th consecutive year, financial support tops the list of the biggest problems facing local schools.
  • Public schools continue to rank high in performance, with 57 percent of parents rating them an A or B.
  • Americans do not support using tax dollars (school vouchers) to pay for private education."

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