Last week, the Associated Press, Education Next (EdNext) and PDK/Gallup each released polls on Americans' views on a range of education issues. The surveys covered a lot of ground, but a few unifying themes emerged.
First, the public supports charter schools. These independently-managed but publicly-funded schools garnered a whopping 70 percent support in the PDK poll, up from less than 40 percent over a decade ago.
Second, parents seem to support testing students, but the general public isn't keen to evaluate teachers on the basis of how students perform on tests.