PDK/Gallup Poll Shows Nation Confused Over School Reform

The PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools identified several conflicting and revealing perspectives on some of the nation’s most important education reform policies as part of its Aug. 21 release, which was led by The Hatcher Group.

The poll generated extensive national coverage about its findings on the Common Core State Standards, school safety and security, school quality and educating children of parents who entered the country illegally. The data from these and many other topics continue to be cited by op-ed writers and bloggers.

The PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is conducted annually by PDK International in conjunction with Gallup. It is the longest-running survey of American attitudes toward education and provides a trusted archive of data documenting how the public’s views on public education have changed over the decades.

Among this year’s findings:

  • 62% of those polled said they had never heard of the Common Core State Standards.
  • 36% of those polled said that standardized testing was hurting school performance; 41 percent said it had made no difference.
  • 88 percent of parents feel their child is safe when he/she is in school.
  • To promote school safety, 59% of respondents prefer adding mental health services compared with 33% who would opt for hiring more security guards.

Additional poll data is available at www.pdkpoll.org. Here are just some of the stories about the poll: