AASA Issues Statement on the 2016 PDK Poll


James Minichello
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Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 29, 2016 – Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the release of the 48th Annual PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.

“AASA applauds Josh Starr and his staff at PDK International for providing helpful information as our nation continues to work to transform education in order to meet the needs of every child.

“According to the poll, nearly three out of every four Americans surveyed want more tech education and skills-based classes in schools instead of more honors or advanced academic classes. Given the ever-changing digital world we live in, it’s critical that our high school graduates are given opportunities to demonstrate readiness for life beyond high school. This finding tell us that we, as educators, need to bring together the K-12 education, higher education and business communities to get kids ready for college and beyond.

“In another major finding, we see schools earning high grades for communicating effectively with parents and providing opportunities for their input. I’m pleased that an increasing number of superintendents are putting the power of social media to work as a way to spread the good news about what’s happening in their school districts and communities.

“In his keynote address at AASA’s Inaugural Urban Academy Summit last year, Pedro Noguera talked about America’s need for more stories about the ‘resilience of our kids’ and our ‘schools beating the odds’ as a way to offset the constant scrutiny on public education by mainstream media. In Noguera’s words, ‘communication matters.’

“The poll also reveals that when a school has been failing for several years, an overwhelming majority (84 percent) would prefer to keep the school open and improve it instead of closing it. However, most of these respondents would opt to replace administrators and teachers as opposed to giving the school more resources.
“We feel this is a matter of equity—ensuring that every child receives what he or she needs in order to succeed in school.  

“Once again, we congratulate PDK International for bringing these important issues to our attention."

Read our blog post with additional details on the poll here.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.