In just a few short years, the education landscape has changed dramatically due to a sweeping set of policy changes and reform initiatives, perhaps none more transformative than the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Since their release in June 2010, 45 states and Washington, D.C. have chosen to adopt these common, K-12 English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics standards to provide all students with the academic foundation they need for success in college, careers and life.
Despite the number of states that have voluntarily adopted the new standards—set to be implemented by 2014-15—the question remains: what does the public think about the Common Core State Standards? Or, perhaps the harder question: will the public support the Common Core as states move forward on their implementation plans, including, for many, the likely adoption of assessments aligned to the Common Core?
Achieve's recently-commissioned national poll of voters and K-12 educators—Strong Support, Low Awareness: Public Perception of the Common Core State Standards—sought to answer these questions and found that while both the public and educators strongly support the notion of all states having common standards, there is low awareness, especially among the general voting public, of the Common Core State Standards.
Major findings from the nation-wide survey include:
Strong Support, Low Awareness: Public Perception of the Common Core State Standards demonstrates how critical it is for state and district leaders and advocates to redouble their communications efforts to increase awareness and understanding of the Common Core State Standards, common assessments and related policies—and prepare the public for what the education landscape will look like over the next few years. For tips, download "Common Core State Standards Communications & Outreach ."
To view the survey results (either in PowerPoint or report form) see, www.achieve.org/publicperceptionccss .