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?”
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.