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National Public Poll Shows Public Trusts Teachers, Local Schools, But Not High-Stakes Testing


A new national survey shows once again that the public has a deep trust in our public school educators, and that a majority of people feel unreliable standardized test scores should not be used to evaluate teachers, according to the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of 1,001 Americans about attitudes toward public schools.

"Americans continue to have a very strong amount of trust and confidence in teachers, and while they have some concerns about the nation's school system overall, they strongly believe in their neighborhood schools where their kids go to learn and thrive," said CTA President Dean E. Vogel.

It is good to see that the public shares teachers' concerns about high-stakes testing and the tying of high-stakes standardized test scores to teacher evaluations. Nearly 60 percent of those surveyed now oppose using student test scores to evaluate educators. Only two in 10 think increased testing is helping school performance.

"Parents know that children learn in different ways and that their achievement can't be measured by a standardized test," Vogel said. "It's the same for teacher quality and effectiveness. The poll shows that voters understand this and have moved beyond the simplistic testing approach advocated by some in the education reform movement the past few years."

Read more from CTA's news release issued Wednesday.

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