2013 PDK/Gallup Poll: Public Satisfied with Local Schools, Divided with Policy Makers
The 45th annual Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools reveals that Americans are highly satisfied with their community schools but disagree with policy makers on key education issues.
Highlights of the results include:
- More than 70% of respondents have trust and confidence in their local public school teachers and principals;
- 53% gave their community schools an A or B, the highest rating ever recorded in the poll; and
- More than half oppose requiring the use of students' scores on standardized tests in their teachers' evaluations.
"The PDK/Gallup poll continues to provide us an informative snapshot of Americans' perspectives on pressing education matters," said Sharon P. Robinson, Ed.D., president and CEO of the AACTE. "We are pleased to see that Americans are satisfied with their local school teachers and principals, as this reflects well on the work of higher education-based teacher preparation programs that produce 90 percent of new teachers. AACTE members are committed to strengthening partnerships with PK-12 schools so that the public can feel even more confident in the educators leading their classrooms."
Read AACTE's official press statement on the PDK/Gallup poll here.