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 job‰лapproval 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 non‰лcognitive factors are an important part of what schools teach, but are skeptical of the ability of accountability systems to measure how well non‰лcognitive traits are taught.
  • Insiders are split on whether the new FERPA regulations erode parental rights.