Survey Interim Report: National Standards

There are still 13 days left to respond to our survey on national K–12 education standards, but I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how the preliminary results are looking and to encourage you to respond if you have not yet done so.

As of 10 am Eastern time today, 92 people have responded, and this is a little less than half of those who have liked the page, so I know that some of you haven’t yet voiced your opinion. For those who haven’t, I’d like to point out that we’ve moved to a one-question survey, so it won’t take much of your time to answer.

Cast your vote here.

Because the survey is not over, I’m going to give general results: I’ll provide a more detailed level of analysis at the end of the month. What the results show so far:

• More than half of respondents favor national standards, either for consistency or because they feel it would be an improvement over their state standards.

• More people who do not want national standards chose that option because they thought that it is a task that belongs to the local level rather than because it would lower their own state’s standards.

• Respondents have used the “Other” category to raise issues concerning—

• the qualifications of the current Secretary of Education
• the Federal government’s goals for education
• the funding of programs to support education standards
• the role of testing in education
• whether the education system should be under government control or
be carried out as free enterprise

More to come at the end of the month: in the meantime, please vote if you have not done so.