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What Americans Think about Public Education

October 27, 2016
  • Optimism about Local Schools

    Parents are more satisfied with their own local schools than with schools nationally. The 48th annual PDK/Gallup Poll survey on the Public’s Attitudes toward the Public Schools, 48% of parents give their communities’ schools A’s or B’s, compared to only 24% of parents who give the nation’s public schools A’s or B’s. 

    This trend — of grading local schools higher than the nation’s schools — has been consistent since PDK/Gallup first asked this question in 1985, and the same trend is reflected in the EdNext Poll on School Reform.


    The 48th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll: Testing Doesn’t Measure Up for Americans, September 2015, questions 2 and 3 
    The 10th Annual EdNext Poll on School Reform