EDUCATION Support for Common Core Slipping

By Bob Kellogg

Recent polls from Education Next and Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup show Common Core continues to lose favor among some groups.

Poll on Common Core (2015)It’s not good news for Core supporters. Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute says the polls show support for the Common Core in general over the last three years has precipitously plummeted.

“[The polls reflect] really starkly declining support for the Common Core – in particular among teachers, where it’s dropped from about 76 percent support, somewhere around there in 2013, to about 46 percent support for the Common Core,” says the associate director of Cato’s Center for Educational Freedom. “They’ve also found big drops in Common Core support among the general public.”

On the political side, support among Democrats remained relatively unchanged while Republican support dropped from 57 percent to 43 percent (see charts to the right).

McCluskey, Neal (Cato Institute)

People in many of the states that have adopted the Core standards want to see them thrown out and replaced. But McCluskey says that’s easier said than done. “There’s less enthusiasm it seems for just ripping it out and having to start over because that is a very painful, expensive process,” he explains.

According to Education Next, public opinion on most policy questions – such as charter schools, tax-credit scholarships, etc. – changes little from year to year, unlike with the Common Core which has sharply declined.

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