A Measured Response: Americans Speak on Education Reform
Americans are demanding both increased federal funding and greater accountability in public education, according to a nationwide opinion survey commissioned by ETS and conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart and Republican pollster Robert Teeter.
A Measured Response: Americans Speak on Education Reform is among the most comprehensive studies done to date of public, parental, educator and policymaker attitudes toward standards-based reform and the role of testing in the effort to achieve accountability in America's education system.
In the survey, respondents:
- give the nation's schools a grade of "C"
- say more money is needed to hire and retain more highly qualified teachers, reduce class sizes and build and repair school facilities
- support standards for student achievement; testing students to measure their success in meeting those standards; and holding teachers and administrators accountable for student learning
- believe the benefits of testing outweigh the concerns
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