April 2013 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, Common Core Materials, and Other Timely Topics in Education
This month's Insider focuses on a range of education topics including Common Core, parental engagement, and California districts' ESEA waiver. Highlights from this survey include:
- Major tracking issues remain largely unchanged. Insiders still see ESEA reauthorization as unlikely during this session of Congress and give low jobлapproval marks to Congress. Disapproval for the Administration rises to its highest level since 2011.
- 52% of Insiders say the new Common Core standards will not make it easier for smaller publishers to break into the curriculum market.
- 54% of Insiders say states that move fastest to develop Common Core materials will disproportionately shape the marketplace.
- With the NCLB waiver proposal from a group of California school districts pending, Insiders believe that nonлcognitive factors are an important part of what schools teach, but are skeptical of the ability of accountability systems to measure how well nonлcognitive traits are taught.
- Insiders are split on whether the new FERPA regulations erode parental rights.