Opinion Research

Educational Leadership

Assessment matters. Assessment results impact students, teachers, parents, and educational leaders, and can provide insight into how well we are preparing students for success in their future lives.

Too often, though, we don’t listen to the voices of the people most impacted by assessments, to understand their perspectives. Without this understanding, assessment systems and policies on assessment may face barriers, or may not effectively support learning for all students.

Since 2012, NWEA, in collaboration with Gallup and other national research organizations, has conducted national and state surveys of these important education stakeholders to understand what they think, feel, and understand about assessment. We hope that the resulting reports support better decisions at the state, district, and school levels, resulting in better assessment systems for all students.

What we’re reading: opinion research on education

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.

PDK Poll

The PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

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.

Education Next’s Annual Poll

Education Next Poll

Since 2007, Education Next’s annual poll has provided insight into public opinion on school reform, educational standards, and other issues in education.

Center on Education Policy

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.

Survey on School Leadership

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.

Educational Leadership Studies

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.