Poll: ‘Jury’s out’ on Core plan
From This Mornings Poughkeepsie Journal
By Joseph Spector
ALBANY — A majority of New Yorkers believe there is too much testing in schools, but voters were closely divided on the new controversial Common Core curriculum, a poll Monday found.
Fifty-two percent of voters said there is too much testing in schools, while 12 percent said there is not enough and 28 percent said it’s the right amount, the Siena College poll found. Parents and teachers have expressed displeasure with the Common Core curriculum, which has mandated new, tougher tests for students in third through eighth grades. Teachers are also facing new evaluations, based in part on how students perform on testing.
Voters were divided on whether Common Core standards will make students more college or career ready, with 45 percent confident that it would and 49 saying it would not. “The jury’s out on Common Core but if standardized student tests were reduced, most New Yorkers would not object,” said Steven Greenberg, a Siena College pollster.
Thirty-four percent said Common Core is too demanding, and 27 percent said it was not demanding enough.
Some parents planned to keep their children home from school Monday in a national protest of Common Core, called “Don’t Send Your Child To School Day.” Joseph Spector: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @gannettalbany