Multiple measures matter in education. In the same way, multiple studies and polls provide us a deeper understanding of different education stakeholders’ thoughts on schools and assessments, on what is working, and on what can be improved to best support student learning. The sites below provide valuable context and perspective.
The PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools has been a steady reflection of U.S. opinion about public education since 1969.
Center on Education Policy compiled a report, What Do Teachers and District Leaders Feel about State Standards and Assessments?. Based on three surveys they have conducted on teachers and district leaders’ views on standards and assessments, it provides recommendations for state leaders. Three reports drawn upon for this summary are Listen to Us: Teacher Views and Voices ; Listening to and Learning from Teachers: A Summary of Focus Groups on the Common Core and Assessments; and District Leadership in the New Era of Assessment.
RAND Corporation carries out surveys regularly with its American Teacher Panel (ATP) and the American School Leader Panel (ASLP) on issues around education policy, standards, and assessment. The most recent report is U.S. Teachers’ Support of Their State Standards and Assessments: Findings from the American Teacher Panel.
Gallup conducts several interesting studies on education, especially on engagement of students district leaders.
These include the Gallup Student Poll and Gallup Survey of K-12 School District Superintendents.