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2016 PDK Poll on the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

The following information is embargoed until 7 p.m. EDT, Monday, Aug. 29.

If you are a member of the media and have questions about the poll, please contact:

Joshua P. Starr, CEO of PDK International, will be available to answer questions via conference call at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Joining him on the call to discuss this year’s poll results will be Carl Cohn, former superintendent of schools for Long Beach and San Diego, Calif., and now executive director, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence. In addition, Gary Langer, president of Langer Research Associates, will be available to discuss the methodology behind this year’s survey.

To RSVP for the media call or set up interviews, contact our team or call Adam Bradley at (301) 656-0348.

News release (PDF)
2016 PDK Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools (PDF)

Individual questions and tables published with the poll results.

#1. The purpose of education, question and graph 1
#2. Grading the schools, questions and graphs 1 & 2
#3. Goals for public schools, questions and graphs 1 & 2
#4. Standards for learning, questions and graph 1
#5. Charter schools and standards, question and graph 1
#6. Taxes & local schools, question and graph 1
#7. Spending money to improve schools, questions and graphs 1 & 2
#8. Opting out of testing, question and graph 1
#9. School improvement priorities, questions and graph 1
#10. Improving struggling schools, questions and graph 1
#11. Standards and student learning, questions and graph 1
#12. Parents grade the schools, questions and graphs 1 & 2 and graphs 3 & 4
#13. Parents & communication, questions and graph 1
#14. Homework, tests, and pressure, questions and graphs 1, 2, & 3