The new PDK/Gallup Poll had some amazingly good news for those parents and educators who have been fighting the movement to test, standardize, and quantify every last child, as well as to destroy public confidence in public education.
What this poll shows is that the public is not buying what the U.S. Department of Education and the corporate reform movement are selling.
They like their teachers and their schools. They don’t believe that standardized testing has helped their school. They don’t want test scores used to evaluate their teachers.
The message: Corporate reform lacks a popular base.
Here are some key findings:
*Only 22% of Americans “believe increased testing has helped the performance of local public schools.”
*A majority (58%) “reject using student scores from standardized tests to evaluate teachers.” This is a reversal from last year, when 52% approved of this obnoxious idea. The more people see that it…
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