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You can access the poll in a pdf file at the url below.

Press Release


This year's PDK/Gallup poll asked Americans about national education standards, federal funding for public schools, the best way to measure student achievement, and how U.S. schools compare with schools in other countries. Here's what they said:

Presidential Candidates
Americans view Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as much more supportive of public schools than Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

Federal Funding
Americans support an increased use of federal funds to maintain local public schools.

No Child Left Behind
Fewer than 2 of 10 Americans believe the No Child Left Behind legislation should be continued without significant change.

Biggest Problems
Lack of funding for schools tops the list of "biggest problems facing schools" for the sixth year in a row.

International Comparisons
Americans' impressions of public schools in Europe and Asia are very positive with almost 50% assigning grades of A's and B's, as compared with lower grades assigned to our nation's schools.

College Courses for High School Students
Americans are supportive of high school students taking college-level courses and earning college-level credits while still in high school.

Paying for College
Even though college costs have increased significantly, seven of 10 American parents believe they will be able to pay for college for their oldest child, a finding consistent with the response 13 years ago when it was last asked .

In a change from nine years ago, Americans believe written observations by teachers, as opposed to scores on standardized tests, are a superior way to document student academic progress.

Teacher Pay
Almost three of four Americans believe teachers should be paid higher salaries as an incentive to teach in schools identified as 'in need of improvement.'

— Press Release
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