The 2015 Education Next poll shows slipping support for a variety of reforms from Common Core standards to school choice, merit pay and tenure reform.
Public support for annual testing remains high, while teachers split on the issue.
Two-thirds of parents — and the public as a whole — support the federal requirement for annual testing, while teachers are split on continuing the policy.
Since 2012, there are more supporters and opponents of testing with fewer people choosing the neutral position.
Only a third of parents and teachers and a quarter of the public support letting parents opt their children out of testing.
The federal push for “no-disparate-impact” disciplinary policies — linking suspension and expulsion rates to race and ethnicity — is unpopular with the public and teachers, the poll found.
Among whites, only 14 percent favor the federal policies, while 57 percent oppose them. A plurality (41 percent) of blacks favor the policies with 23 percent opposed and 36 percent neutral. Forty-four percent of Hispanics support the policy and 31 percent oppose it.
In 21 states and the District of Columbia, teachers’ unions can charge an “agency fee” to non-members to cover collective bargaining costs.
Surprisingly, half of teachers — and a plurality of the public — “requiring teachers to pay a fee for collective bargaining services even if they do not join a union.”
Only 52 percent of union teachers and 25 percent of non-union teachers support the agency fee.
However, 57 percent of teachers surveyed say unions have had a positive effect on schools.