Arlington, VA — A statement by Jim Kohlmoos, Executive Director of the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), on the results of the PDK/Gallup poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools:

“Half of the American public believes the Common Core State Standards will help improve public education here, and with all of the controversy and misinformation generated by opponents of the standards, I see this as a positive result. While it is unfortunate that 40 percent of the population thinks the standards will make no significant impact, it reminds us as education leaders that we have much work ahead in communicating with educators and parents the value of the common core, and that the new standards can be game changers in their higher expectations for students.

“The common core standards alone will not change education, but they can and should serve as a powerful launch pad for raising expectations, developing innovation, and triggering continuous improvement efforts at all levels of our education system.”



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