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AP/AOL Learning Services Poll: Teachers Are Less Confident Than Parents That Schools Will Meet No Child Left behind Deadline

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AP/AOL Learning Services Poll: Teachers Are Less Confident Than Parents That Schools Will Meet No Child Left behind Deadline

DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- According to an Associated Press/AOL Learning Services Poll, in the wake of the No Child Left Behind law, teachers are less confident than parents that their schools will meet state testing standards by the 2013-2014 deadline. The poll, conducted by Knowledge Networks between January 13-23, found that 49% of teachers are not confident that their schools will meet the state requirements. However, 78% of parents feel more confident that their children's schools will succeed.

The Associated Press/AOL Learning Services Poll also found that teachers and parents have somewhat differing views when it comes to their states' current standards for reading and math:

** Almost a third (31%) of parents say their states' standards are too
lenient, compared to only 15% of teachers.

** 20% of teachers say their states' standards are too harsh, compared
to 13% of parents.

** 64% of teachers and 54% of parents say that the standards are about
right.

Responding to concerns from both schools and parents that children meet standardized testing requirements, AOL has launched a new suite of Internet learning tools called AOLŪ Learning Services. Available to all Internet users at AOL.com/learning, AOL Learning Services bridges the gap between the classroom and home learning to ensure that students receive the supplemental learning help that they need to master fundamental reading, writing and math concepts. The AOL Learning Services portfolio currently includes AOLŪ Learning Games, AOLŪ Ready Set Read, AOLŪ Step by Step Math and AOLŪ Writing Wizard. Available at $4.95 a month, each product is Web-based and accessible from any computer without requiring any CD-ROMs or software downloads.

"At AOL, we are committed to helping teachers and parents alike ensure that students are developing lifetime learning skills," said Edmund Fish, Senior Vice President & General Manager of AOL Premium and Subscription Services. "AOL Learning Services makes one-on-one tutorial services an affordable and convenient option for all students, supplying them with the extra help they need to succeed in school and on standardized tests."

Methodology

The Associated Press/AOL Learning Services Poll was conducted online by Knowledge Networks. Between January 13-23, 2006, Knowledge Networks interviewed a representative sample of 1,085 parents who have children in kindergarten through grade 12, as well as a sample of 810 of kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. Members of the Knowledge Networks Internet panel are recruited by telephone polling methods, and panelists who are not online are provided with Internet access. Please see AOL.com/learning for information on poll methodology used. The margin of error for parents is +/- 3 percentage points, and the margin of error for teachers is +/- 3.5 percentage points. Margin of error for subgroups may be higher.





— Press Release
AP/AOL Learning Services Poll
2006-04-19


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