STORRS, Conn. –A University of Connecticut poll found that only 39 percent of Americans have heard of Common Core State Standards, but those who are aware are generally skeptical of its ability to boost K-12 education.
Just 33 percent of the 1,007 voters polled believe adopting Common Core will increase the quality of education in their communities, compare to 27 percent who say it will have no effect and 30 percent who say it will be detrimental.
The controversial initiative adopted in 44 states was approved in 2010 by Connecticut’s Board of Education. Some lawmakers in Connecticut sought a moratorium on implementing the new standards and corresponding testing, but the legislation died in committee after Republican lawmakers used a rare parliamentary rule to get a public hearing on the issue.
The nationwide poll by the University of Connecticut found that overall 38 percent believe Common Core is a good policy, compared to 44 percent who believe the opposite. Common Core is an education initiative sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. It seeks to establish consistent education standards so that test scores in one state and be compared to test scores in another state. The goal is to better prepare students for college and the workforce
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