What Does the General Public Think?
Yes, there are a lot of tough questions being asked in this debate, but there’s also another major problem. The Chicago teachers strike pushed this issue to the forefront of discussion, but many media outlets failed to paint a complete picture of where the battle lines were being drawn. And since 2012, numbers have changed.
As part of the 2012 PDK (Phi Delta Kappa International)/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitude Toward the Public Schools, the following question was asked.
Some states require that teacher evaluations include how well a teacher’s students perform on standardized tests. Do you favor or oppose this requirement?
The responses to this question were almost as evenly distributed as possible: 52% were in favor, 47% were opposed and 1% didn’t know or refused to answer. To me, that definitely suggests that more discussion and analysis is needed before a decision should be made.
However, in the 2013 PDK/Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans rejected using standardized test scores to evaluate teachers.
What about you? Do you think this is a question that deserves more study, or have you already taken a firm stance on the issue? If the latter is the case, which arguments do you find to be the most compelling?