How do Americans view public education, and do these perspectives vary across the country? A national online poll by 50CAN: The 50-State Campaign for Achievement Now found that national views on education are largely similar. For example, Americans trust individual teachers more than any group to determine what is best for improving schools. This finding was true in all eight regions of the country including the National Capital region encompassing Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In fact, this was the strongest finding in the survey drawing 81 percent of respondents in our region.
Throughout the country, the most popular proposal for improving local schools was leveraging new technologies for individualized learning opportunities. In our region, this garnered support from 80 percent of respondents and echoes the purpose of BCPS S.T.A.T.—Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow, a fundamental shift in teaching and learning to provide equitable, effective digital learning environments for every student.
While 60 percent of respondents in the Maryland region strongly support holding all students across the country to a uniform set of high standards, the same proportion of respondents is unfamiliar with the Common Core State Standards, a set of K–12 educational standards in English language arts and mathematics adopted by 45 states including Maryland. These expectations were designed to prepare high school graduates for credit bearing college coursework or the workforce. Learn more about the Common Core State Standards by visiting our key resources.
Browse responses nationally and by region at http://edroadtrip.50can.org. Findings are based on an online survey of a random sample of 6,400 registered voters from late May to mid-June 2013.