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Poll Finds Rise in Unfavorable Views of NCLB

By Andrew Trotter

More Americans say they are knowledgeable about the No Child Left Behind Act than just last year, but familiarity appears to breed dislike, according to a poll set for release this week by Phi Delta Kappa International and the Gallup Organization.

In addition, Americans remain concerned that the federal education lawâs focus on testing students for their proficiency in reading and mathematics is leading to a narrowing of the curriculum, at the expense of subjects such as social studies, science, and the arts, the survey found. That finding echoes the previous PDK/Gallup polls beginning in 2003.

In the latest poll, 54 percent of respondents said they knew a âgreat dealâ or a âfair amountâ about the 5½-year-old law, up from the 45 percent who gave those responses last year. Forty-six percent said they knew âvery littleâ or ânothing at allâ about it, compared with 55 percent who gave those responses in 2006.

Parents of public school students showed even bigger shifts. Public school parents professing knowledge about the NCLB law rose to 65 percent of those parents polled this year, from 49 percent last year. Conversely, the share of such parents who said they knew very little or nothing about the law dropped to 35 percent, from 50 percent last year. . . .

The article continues at the Education Week site.

— Andrew Trotter
Education Week online


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