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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What America Thinks – School’s in Session

School’s back in session, but what do Americans think of what kids are being taught and how much it costs? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Adults who have school-age children living with them are evenly divided over the new national Common Core math and science standards: 45% think schools nationwide should all meet the same standards, but 46% disagree. However, just 36% think the new Common Core education standards are likely to improve student achievement.

Most Americans think parents, not curriculum, are the most important factor in a student’s success in school anyway. Teachers are a distant second.

Only four percent (4%) think the amount of money spent per student is most important. In fact, just 15% of voters think taxpayers are getting a good return on the $11,000 per student they now spend each year. Thirty-seven percent (37%) think spending more would improve student achievement, but 42% disagree.

Of course, it doesn't help that only 19% of voters now think most public high school graduates have the skills to get a job or go to college.

Critics complain the federal government is making states sign up for Common Core in order to get federal education money, but even most adults with school-age children don't think any strings should be attached. Only 22% of Americans think the federal government should set education standards for schools. Most think that's a state or local responsibility.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.