Gallup reported that support for Common Core among public school parents continues to slide.
According to poll results released earlier today, parents of U.S. public school students in grades K-12 are about evenly divided over the Common Core State Standards. Thirty-five percent view them negatively and 33% view them positively, while another third aren’t familiar with them or don’t have an opinion. This reflects a slight shift since April, when parents were slightly more positive (35%) than negative (28%).
Other poll findings include:
- Support among public school parents for one set of national educational standards has also slipped from 73 percent in April to 65 percent.
- A majority of Republicans (58 percent) hold a negative view of Common Core, up from 42 percent in April.
- Democrats continue to view Common core favorably, by about a 2 to 1 margin, 48 percent view the standards it positively, 23 percent negatively; about the same percentages recorded in April .
Pundits like to spin the loss of support for Common Core as a result of “negative” publicity. Be aware this poll is of public school parents. That means parents have children in schools where Common Core is not only talked about but also taught. Presumably many have firsthand experience with Math and English Common Core Standards. As such, their opinion – whether pro or con — is likely to be informed and substantiated.