In the realm of public opinion, significant roadblocks lie ahead for proponents of Common Core, especially with regard to assessments from the two national consortia.
The latest July/August “Education Insider” survey from Whiteboard Advisers, reflecting the anonymous responses of “education influentials” (“policymakers, thought leaders, and association heads”) should encourage Common Core opponents. Here’s a snapshot of what these insiders had to say.
Costs and time required for Common Core assessments (currently being developed by the two testing consortia) are seen as significant impediments to state participation.
Regarding SBAC (of which North Carolina is a member):
- 62 percent of insiders said the costs and increased time required for assessments amounted to a “serious threat” to states participating in the tests
- Only 15 percent said these issues amounted to “no threat”
- 23 percent said they constituted a “low threat”
The other testing consortium, PARCC, is in even deeper trouble:
- 73 percent of insiders said costs and time for assessments represented a “serious threat”
- Only 4 percent saw these issues as “no threat”
- 23 percent said they were a “low threat”
Common Core support at the local and state level is not seen as robust or strong:
- A majority of insiders (58 percent) say support for Common Core among local educators/school leaders is either “neutral” or “weak”/”very weak”.
- Support among state education leaders falls along similar lines: 58 percent of insiders say state officials express “neutral” or “weak”/”very weak” support for the standards.
Interestingly, insiders hold a negative view of the Obama Administration’s education policies: a “record high” of 70 percent disapprove of the way the Administration is handling education.
And US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan did more harm than good in his speech earlier this summer addressing Common Core. Only 4 percent of insiders thought the speech helped boost public support. Thirty-eight percent thought it harmed public support, and 58 percent thought it had no impact.