Public Opinion

The Education Exchange: Higher Education in the EdNext Poll

Marty West, the editor-in-chief of Education Next, joins Paul E. Peterson to continue their discussion on the 2019 Education Next Poll, focusing on the public's opinion on higher education.

The Education Exchange: The Effect of Information on College Aspirations

Are parents move likely to want to send their kids to college if they are given accurate information about the costs and benefits of attending college? A new study looks at what happens when parents are given customized information about the cost of going to college and the wage premium for earning a college degree.

EdStat: 68% of Americans support annual testing in reading and math, according to the...

A large majority of Americans continue to support the federal requirement that all students be tested in math and reading each year in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school.

EdStat: The 2018 EdNext poll finds that support for the Common Core State Standards...

After falling in previous years, public support for the Common Core State Standards has now stabilized at 45%, the 2018 EdNext survey finds, compared to 41% a year ago.

EdStat: 57% of respondents favor tax-credit scholarship programs, according to the 2018 EdNext poll

The 2018 EdNext poll finds a clear majority—57%—in favor of “a tax credit for individual and corporate donations that pay for scholarships to help low-income parents send their children to private schools.”

EdStat: 51 percent of Americans rate their local public schools with a grade of...

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 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...

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.

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