AASA Issues Statement On The 47th Annual PDK Gallup Poll


James Minichello 
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Alexandria, Va. – Aug. 23, 2015 – Daniel A. Domenech, the executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement today upon the release of the 47th Annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.

"AASA applauds PDK International and Gallup for the invaluable information being shared through the longest-running survey of attitudes toward education. At a time when AASA is working to bolster the effectiveness of school district leadership in urban settings, we are pleased that for the first time, this year’s poll is reporting opinions among whites, blacks and Hispanics because of a web-based poll with a larger sample of approximately 3,500 U.S. adults.

"According to the poll, most Americans affirm there is ‘too much emphasis on standardized testing.’ This finding is no surprise. A student filling in bubbles cannot measure his or her independent thinking or creativity. Meanwhile, families in several states are resorting to civil disobedience in order to get political attention regarding what they consider a destructive emphasis on testing. California’s board of education recently voted to suspend the use of standardized tests as the primary measure of school quality."

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