Public Agenda Online, an organization devoted to ascertaining and analyzing public opinion on major policy issues, has recently posted the results of their survey on the "standards movement" in public schooling. According to Public Agenda, nearly every state has now "set specific academic requirements and mandatory testing to try and improve public schools." This survey seeks to assess whether these standards are making a difference by surveying students, parents, teachers, and college administrators and professors dealing with the entering class. The results are presented in graphs and tables grouped into seven major findings. Among the findings: more parents are professing increased confidence in public over private schools (though they are still a minority), and many teachers believe that administrators are putting too much emphasis on tests. The project is also jointly sponsored by Education Week.
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