In a new national survey, 57 percent backed reauthorizing No Child Left Behind as is or with minimal changes. The survey was done by Hoover Institutionâ€™s Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at Harvard. Support goes to 71 percent if respondents are asked about “federal legislation” that holds schools accountable for student achievement rather than “No Child Left Behind.” However, only 42 percent of current and former public school employees support renewing NCLB with minimal or no changes.
Respondents gave mediocre grades to their local schools and even worse grades to public schools in general.
Specifically, 43 percent give the schools in their own community an A or a B, 38 percent give them a C, and 18 percent give a D or F. When asked about public schools around the nation, these grades drop. Just 22 percent give public schools in general an A or B, 55 percent, a C, and 24 percent, a D or F.
By large margins, respondents supported setting a national proficiency standard and requiring students to pass an exam to graduate from certain grades and to receive a high school diploma.