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How good are your local schools?

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Pretty good, according to a UConn Poll released May 5.

The survey of more than 1,000 adults found that 59 percent are happy with their local schools (17 percent say the education available is “excellent,” while 42 percent say it’s “good”), while 11 percent rate their local schools as poor.

That might come as welcome news to education professionals, especially given that today is the start of National Teacher Appreciation Week. The poll also found that a majority of Americans (55 percent) oppose the idea of making students’ performance on standardized tests a consideration when it comes to pay raises for teachers, and that 48 percent of Americans consider years of experience an important factor in evaluating teachers, compared to 16 percent who think experience isn’t important.

There’s lots more interesting data to be found in the poll, including an examination of how the public feels about the Common Core Standards Initiative, which you can download here (PDF).  If you want to look under the hood, you can find our survey instrument here (PDF) and the technical report here (PDF).

You can also find some expert perspective on Common Core from Casey Cobb, head of the department of educational leadership at UConn’s Neag School of Education, here (video).

UConn Poll: Americans who know about Common Core are likely to be skeptical of it

STORRS, Conn. – The more Americans know about the Common Core Standards Initiative, the less likely they are to think it will achieve its goal of improving nationwide education outcomes in reading, writing,  and math for K-12 students, according to a UConn Poll released Monday.

The survey found that just 39 percent of Americans have heard of the much-debated initiative, which includes 44 of 50 states, compared to 95 percent who’ve heard of No Child Left Behind, an earlier federal effort to improve education outcomes.

Download the full data set here (PDF).

Those who do know about Common Core, though, are generally skeptical of the initiative’s ability to boost the quality of American education. Just 33 percent believe adopting Common Core standards will increase the quality of education in their communities, compared to 27 percent who say it will have no effect and 30 percent who say it will actually be detrimental.