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What Americans Think about Public Education

October 27, 2016
  • Parents Care about More Than Testing and Metrics

    About two-thirds of parents (67%) say there is too much emphasis on testing in U.S. schools, the 2015 PDK survey found. On that survey, most said when assessing the effectiveness of the public schools in their community, they cared more about children’s engagement with classwork and the percentage of students who feel hopeful about their future than about metrics such as the percentage of students going on to college or the percentage of students who are able to get jobs immediately after graduating. 

    Only one in five parents say they think it’s very important to be able to compare students in their community’s schools to performance of students in other districts, other states, and other countries.