WASHINGTON, D.C. – Support for the national Common Core education standards is falling like a rock, dropping 30 percentage points among teachers and about 12 percentage points among the public since last year.
Results from a poll released by Education Next, a scholarly education journal, show public support for Common Core slipped from 65 percent in 2013 to 53 percent this year, while the decrease among teachers was even more dramatic. Educators in support of Common Core fell from 76 percent last year to a mere 46 percent in 2014, the survey shows.
It was the same story with opposition to Common Core, which doubled among the public over the last year, going from 13 percent to 26 percent this year. The percent of teachers who oppose, meanwhile, more than tripled, skyrocketing from 12 percent to 40 percent in 2014, according to the poll.
“Especially intriguing is the flip in the opinion gap between teachers and the public as a whole. In 2013, teachers were more positive in their views of the Common Core than the public (76% compared to 65%), but today teachers are less positive (46% compared to 53%),” the Education Next report notes.
“A year ago, only 12% of the teaching force expressed opposition—virtually the same as the public. Today, teacher opposition is nearly twice as high as opposition among the public (40% compared to just 26%).”
That’s likely because more teachers now understand the many pitfalls and restraints imposed by the national learning standards as states have implemented more aspects of Common Core over the last year.
Educators, of course, are more engaged in education policy and see the detrimental effects first hand, and many are obviously realizing the “rigorous” new standards aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Quite a bit of the growing opposition, both among teachers and the public in general, is also likely tied to increased awareness generated by several states that have repealed Common Core.
That’s evident in the poll’s results in terms of political breakdown. Support among Democrats has remained virtually unchanged since last year, slipping from 64 to 63 percent, though opposition increased slightly from 10 percent to 17 percent.
Support among Republicans, however, dropped from 57 to 43 percent over the last year, while Republican opposition more than doubled from 16 percent to 37 percent, according to the poll.
Regardless, political action against Common Core has come from both sides of aside.
From Education Next:
While most states remain committed to the standards, opposition has been voiced both by conservative groups who fear expanded federal control and by teachers unions worried about the consequences for teacher evaluation.
Five states under the leadership of conservative governors – Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina – have either repealed the standards or initiated a process to review them.
From a quite different place on the political spectrum, the New York affiliate of the National Education Association has withdrawn its support for the Common Core as implemented in that state, and the American Federation of Teachers is calling for a moratorium on all consequences attached to student test results while the standards are being implemented, a policy that has been affirmed in California.
And the momentum is continuing to build for opponents.
Just this week, lawmakers in Ohio started proceedings on legislation to repeal Common Core, the Columbus Dispatch reports.