EdStat: 51 percent of Americans rate their local public schools with a grade of A or B on the 2018 EdNext poll
On the 2018 EdNext poll, approximately half of the public (51%) rates their local public schools with a grade of A or B, consistent with the last three years of polling.
EdStat: 18 percent of respondents support affirmative action in K-12 school assignments, according to the 2018 EdNext poll
The 2018 EdNext poll finds that the public is overwhelmingly opposed to considering race in K–12 school assignment decisions as part of efforts to increase school diversity, though the difference between support and opposition has narrowed somewhat since the question was last asked in 2008.
EdStat: On the 2018 EdNext poll, public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points
After a substantial drop in support for charter schools last year, the 2018 EdNext poll finds that public backing for charter schools has increased by 5 percentage points this past year, to 44%, with 35% opposed.
EdStat: 47 percent of Americans say school spending should increase, according to the 2018 EdNext poll
Among those provided information about current spending levels in their local school districts, 47% say that spending should increase, a rise of 7 percentage points over the prior year.
In the News: Teachers Are Winning Public Support for Pay Raises
In states where teachers walked out of their classrooms this spring to protest low salaries and cuts to school spending, public support for raising salaries has grown significantly.
EdStat: 56 percent of nonunion teachers say in the 2018 EdNext poll that unions have a positive impact on schools
New in the 2018 EdNext poll is a breakdown of teacher respondents that shows sharp differences between union and nonunion members on certain issues.
EdStat: 54 percent majority of the public supports school vouchers for all students, according to the 2018 EdNext poll
The 2018 EdNext survey finds that a 54% majority of the public supports school vouchers for all students, a 9-percentage-point increase over a year ago.
In the News: Support for School Choice Growing Among Republicans
Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year according to the new EdNext poll.
EdStat: On the 2018 EdNext poll, public support for increasing teacher pay jumps by 13 percentage points
On the 2018 EdNext survey, among respondents provided with information on average teacher salaries prevailing in their state, 49% of the public say that teacher pay should increase—a 13-percentage-point jump over the share who said so last year.
EdStat: When Informed About Teachers’ Current Salaries, 36% of the Public Favor a Pay Raise for Teachers
Recent polls show that most Americans agree that teachers deserve a pay raise, but the annual EdNext survey has shown that the public's views on teacher salaries change when respondents are given more information.