Common Core enjoys strong support from teachers and Michigan voters

The Common Core State Standards have strong support from educators, as more than 75 percent of National Education Association members either support the standards wholeheartedly or with some reservations, according to a new poll released Thursday by the NEA.

In addition to having strong support from educators, Common Core is supported by a vast majority of Michigan voters, according to a separate survey.

“The new standards are a game-changer for the students in our nation’s public school system,” NEA President Dennis Van Roekel said. “Our members embrace the Common Core State Standards’ promise — that all students will have the opportunity to learn the skills they need to succeed, regardless of where they live.”

After three years of preparation by school employees and administrators, the state Legislature abruptly pulled the plug on Common Core funding this summer when it passed the state’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which takes effect Oct. 1.

Every school in Michigan will fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress and will lose federal aid unless the Legislature restores funding for Common Core as soon as possible.

Respondents to the NEA survey, conducted in July 2013 Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, said that in order for Common Core to be successful, teachers must have more collaboration time with colleagues, smaller class sizes, more planning time, updated classroom resources, in-service training and better technology to administer assessments.

“Our members support the Common Core Standards because they are the right thing to do for our children,” Van Roekel said. “We all need to work together — parents, education support professionals, teachers, administrators, communities and elected officials — to make sure we get this right.”

Michigan voters also support Common Core

While most Michigan voters know little about Common Core, 71 percent say they support the standards once given a basic description, according to a poll released Thursday by Education Trust-Midwest and the Michigan Coalition for High Student Standards

The survey showed that 64 percent of voters want funding for Common Core restored; that includes 58 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of independents and 72 percent of Democrats.

“Michigan parents deserve honest information about their schools’ performance,” said Amber Arellano, executive director of Education Trust-Midwest, a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization. “By restoring funding for Common Core implementation and assessment, our teachers will get more meaningful, fair and actionable information to help their students improve.”

The survey of 600 registered voters was conducted Aug. 27-29 by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. It had a margin of error of plus/minus 4 percent.