New PACE/USC Rossier Poll: California Voters Support Student Testing, Local Control of Schools
A new poll of California voters found strong support for using standardized testing as a way to measure student performance, and as a factor in teacher evaluations. Just over half of respondents also agreed that performance bonuses for educators would improve public school quality.
The PACE/USC Rossier School of Education Poll’s findings on testing are somewhat at odds with efforts by California lawmakers to scale back the use of assessments in public schools.
“Most of the political experts say that parents think their children are tested too frequently, but our poll shows just the opposite,” said poll director Dan Schnur, who also serves as the director of USC’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, in a statement. “Large majorities of California parents, and even larger majorities of state voters, want to see students tested regularly and in a wide range of subjects.”
The poll also found a lack of awareness among voters about Gov. Jerry Brown’s new education policies, particularly when it came to a new funding formula that gives school districts more autonomy over how public dollars are spent. The new formula is also designed to provide additional money to the districts most in need. At the same time, the poll found strong support for local control of schools, with 49 percent of voters agreeing the “main responsibility for student success” should be in the hands of local educators, and 28 percent favoring local school districts. Giving control to the state legislature was favored by 23 percent of voters.
You can read more about the poll’s findings here.
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