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No Common Opinion on the Common Core

Education Next survey shows strong support for common standards, but diminishing support for Common Core.

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2015 issue of Education Next.

Results of a poll released on Tuesday show strong public support for the idea of shared academic standards, but much weaker support for the standards that have been put in place by 43 states and the District of Columbia: the Common Core State Standards.

The poll of 5,000 adults, conducted this past spring by Education Next, a journal published by Stanford University's Hoover Institution, shows that more than two-thirds of adults support the idea of shared academic standards. But when they were asked about the "common core" specifically, support dropped by 15 percentage points.

"The words 'Common Core' elicits greater antagonism than does the concept of common standards itself," the report said.

Read the rest of the story at Education Next.

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