“Many residents unaware of changes in education, poll finds”

Many residents unaware of changes in education, poll finds is the headline of a San Francisco Chronicle story about the results of a recent statewide poll.

Here are a couple of excerpts:

California has overhauled how it teaches students, how it tests students and how it funds schools, yet a majority of taxpayers and parents say they have heard little about the changes, according to a poll released Wednesday.

While state students are in the middle of taking new standardized tests, called the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the survey of 1,706 residents found that more than half of public school parents, 55 percent, have heard nothing about them, and another 36 percent had heard just a little. That’s 91 percent combined…

…“Many public school parents are in the dark when it comes to Common Core,” said Mark Baldassare, president and CEO of the Public Policy Institute of California, which conducted the survey. “Local schools need to do a better job of keeping parents informed as the state implements the new English and math standards.”

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