Sunday, August 18, 2013

In Light of Other Reports, Should We Take This Poll with a Grain of Salt?

Poll: Parents back high-stakes testing. (Daily Herald, 8/17/2013)

Excerpt:   Most parents also say their own children are given about the right number of standardized tests, according to the AP-NORC poll.

Retiring Guy hits the 'pause' button.  This statement begs the question:  How many parents know the exact number of standardized tests their children took during the 2012-13 school year?

I suspect that a statistically significant percentage of the parents surveyed by AP-NORC replied without being fully informed.  (And how does that differ from any other poll?)

Related articles:
For some Minnesota parents, standardized testing has reached its limits.  (Pioneer Press, 6/28/2013)
Pennsylvania parents take stand against standardized tests.  (TribLive, 4/6/2013)
Parents have questions of their own about tests.  (Albany Times Union, 3/30/2013)
Parents protest surge in standardized testing. (Reuters, 6/12/2012)

Facebook.  Parents and Kids Against Standardized Testing.

Just the tip of the iceberg, or so it seems.

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