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U.S. Teachers Are Split on Common Core, Gallup Finds

U.S. Teachers Are Split on Common Core, Gallup Finds

In a new survey, teachers seem to be split when it comes to their overall reaction to Common Core State Standards. 

The Gallup survey finds that "41 percent view the program positively and 44 percent negatively," said an article on Gallup.com. 

"Even in terms of strong reactions, teachers' attitudes are divided, with 15 percent saying their perceptions of the initiative are 'very positive' and 16 percent saying 'very negative,'" the article said. 

More than have of teachers, the survey found, "say their peers' perceptions vary," the article said. "When asked how most teachers they know personally feel about Common Core, 56 percent say the reaction is 'mixed.' Another 7 percent say it is positive, while 32 percent say its negative."

Gallup found these results with an online survey with 854 public school K-12 teachers across the country, the article said. Another finding is that teachers who are "more familiar" with Common Core like it better than those who aren't. 

"Teachers' attitudes toward the Common Core are not much different in the 43 states [plus the District of Columbia] where the standards have been adopted than they are nationally," the article said. "Forty-four percent of those working in these states view the program positively, and 40 percent view it negatively -- still roughly evenly divided."

Within these Common Core states, the article said, "the majority of teachers who say they work in schools where the Common Core standards were fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year feel good about it: 61 percent view it positively versus 35 negatively." Teachers whose schools haven't "fully implemented" the standards, "views are 37 percent positive verses 43 percent negative."

"While these differences in teachers' attitudes may partially reflect the underlying political climate in each state or school district that led to the adoption or rejection of the Common Core there to begin with, it is also possible that teachers feel more positively about the Common Core once they fully use it," Gallup said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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