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New Poll Finds Debate Over Common Core Remains Heated

New Poll Finds Heated Debate Over Common Core

Results of a new poll show the nation is still divided about Common Core State Standards. 

The annual poll, conducted by EducationNext, found that five states, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and South Carolina, rejected the standards or are in the process or appealing them, according to EducationNews.org. In 2013, 13% polled were opposed to the standards, and that number has increased 26% this year, with public support dropping from 65% to 53% this year. 

Similar results were seen from teachers who were polled, the article said. Last year, 12% of teachers opposed them, and that number increased to 40% this year. While 76% of teachers supported the standards last year, only 46% support them this year. 

"Remarkably, there is the flip in opinions on the standards between teachers and the public," the article said. "While teachers were more positive in their views on the standards in 2013 than the public were [76% of teachers vs. 65% of the public], this year they are less positive than the public [46% of teachers vs. 53% of the public]. Even more interestingly, when the words 'Common Core' were taken out of the question, public support for the standards rose from 53% to 68%. This could mean that the public is not against a set of national standards, or that they simply do not understand the Common Core, they merely oppose the label."

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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