What PARENTS Think – About Testing & Their Schools & Teachers
PDK/Gallup 2014 Question: Some teachers believe student standardized tests help them know more about their students’ academic achievements. Other teachers believe that student standardized tests do not help them know what to teach. What do you think? Are student standardized tests helpful, or are they not helpful to teachers?
68% of Public School Parents said standardized tests are not helpful.
PDK/Gallup 2014 Question: What do you think are the biggest problems that the public schools of your community must deal with?
36% of Public School Parents said “lack of financial support.” The next highest response to this open-ended question was “difficulty getting good teachers/need more teachers” at 10% followed by “concerns about education standards” and “lack of discipline/use of drugs/fighting & gangs” each ranking with 9% of parents.
PDK/Gallup 2014 Question: In your opinion, who should have the greatest influence in deciding what is taught in the public schools here — the federal government, the state government, or the local school board?
60% of Public School Parents said their local school board should decide what is taught.
PDK/Gallup 2014 Question: Do you have trust and confidence in the men and women who are teaching children in the public schools?
64% of Public School Parents said, “Yes, they trust and have confidence in their teacher.” (This is down from 72% in 2013, same question.)
PDK/Gallup 2014 Question: Some states require that teacher evaluations include how well a teacher’s students perform on standardized tests. Do you favor or oppose this requirement?
Note: this was reported as national trend without pulling out “parents.” Now in opposition, 61% of the nation.
If parents matter, policymakers will take their desires into account. Be responsible and respective of the parental voice, please.
I also suggest reading What Parents Desire.