Civitas Poll: Voters Favor Elimination of End-of Grade Tests to Compare Students’ Performance Nationwide

Raleigh, N.C. – While the North Carolina State Board of Education works on revising its student testing methods, a majority of voters said they favor implementing one nationally recognized test, according to a new poll released today by the Civitas Institute.

According to the live caller poll of 600 registered voters, 68 percent said they favor eliminating all state end-of-grade tests and replacing them with one nationally recognized test.  Twenty-four percent of voters said they oppose it, and 7 percent said they do not know.

“Parents want a more transparent method to assess their child’s performance and growth,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.  “They understand that a national test allows comparison of a student and school achievement and performance to others across the country.”

Voters from all parties favor a national test as Unaffiliated voters support the idea by a 71 percent-22 percent margin along with Republicans (69 percent-26 percent).  Democratic voters favor it by 67 percent-24 percent.

“Eliminating end-of-grade testing in favor of a nationally recognized test would provide parents with a more valid measurement of their child’s educational development,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only monthly live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina.  For more information on Civitas polling see www.nccivitas.org/media/poll-results/.

Full text of question:

“Would you favor or oppose eliminating all state end-of-grade tests and replacing them with one nationally recognized test that allows parents to compare the performance of their child with the rest of the nation?”

Strongly Favor – 47%
Somewhat Favor – 21%
Somewhat Oppose – 9%
Strongly Oppose – 15%
Don’t Know – 7%
Total Favor – 68%
Total Oppose – 24%

VIEW POLL RESULTS HERE

This poll of 600 registered voters in North Carolina was conducted December 15-16, 2010 by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Virginia.  This survey has a margin of error of +4.0% in 95 out of 100 cases.  To ensure a representative sample, interviews were conducted proportional to voter registration figures for each county in the state based on the most recent figures compiled by the State Board of Elections.

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One Response to “Civitas Poll: Voters Favor Elimination of End-of Grade Tests to Compare Students’ Performance Nationwide”

  1. gregflynn Says:

    Here’s a different take on standardized tests:
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/george-wood/why-congress-should-end-relian.html
    “In a nutshell, Duncan admits that No Child Left Behind and its reliance on standardized, fill-in-the-bubble, multiple guess tests both dumbs down and narrows instruction. Surprise, surprise.”
    “The New York Performance Assessment Consortium has demonstrated time and time again that performance assessments, teacher-designed and evaluated, have led to higher rates of student success both in and after school.”


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