• However, only 16 percent of public school parents
strongly agreed that their child complains about taking
too many standardized tests.
Additionally, 55 percent of Americans and 61 percent
of public school parents oppose including student scores on
standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations.
“Tying student test scores to teacher evaluations compounds the felony of the over-reliance on standardized
testing,” TSTA’s Robison said. “And this poll also indicates
that most people realize that. Education is a continuous, collaborative process, and a teacher’s effectiveness can’t be fairly
measured by one set of student test scores.”
Local Schools Rate High
Americans consistently give the highest grades to the
schools that are closest to them and the lowest grades to the
schools farthest away, a pattern that has held across 40 years
of the PDK/Gallup Poll.
This year, 51 percent of Americans gave schools in their
Americans consistently give
own community a grade of either A or B; only 4 percent
gave their schools a failing grade. What’s most interesting
is how consistent these grades have been during the last 10
years. Since 2005, the percentage range of A’s and B’s has
gone as low as 45 percent and as high as 53 percent. In fact,
the variance in the grades has not changed
much even over the last 25 years—
a remarkable finding when one
considers the multitude of reports
questioning the quality of American
the highest grades to the
schools that are closest to
them and the lowest grades
to the schools farthest away, a
pattern that has held across 40
years of the PDK/Gallup Poll.