Public schools get a C-

Americans give a C- grade to public schools in the 2008 Education Next-PEPG survey. Only 20 percent award an A or B, 54 percent choose a C and 26 percent give a D or F. Teachers average a C+.

Asked to evaluate their local schools, the grades go up, but only 40 percent award an A or a B, 35 percent give a C and 25 percent a D or F. Teachers again are easier graders: 61 percent give local schools an A or a B, while only 16 percent assign them a D or an F.

The numbers are down from 2007. However, a majority of respondents think schools are improving.

Support for No Child Left Behind is declining — teachers are very negative — but 69 percent of those surveyed support national standards backed by testing.

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