Education Insider: Common Core, RTT-D, and Student Loans

This month‰лЊs survey focused on David Coleman's new role with the College Board and what it might mean for the Common Core State Standards; Race to the Top for Districts (RTT-D); and Student Loans.

Key findings include:

  • Mixed marks on testing. Insiders give higher marks to both assessment consortia but remain more bullish on PARCC assessment consortium and skeptical of the SBAC consortium. 56 percent of insiders still say SBAC is on the ‰"wrong track.‰"
  • Long wait on ESEA? Only one-third of insiders see the Elementary and Secondary Education Act being reauthorized by the end of 2013. And a full 100 percent of insiders disapproved of Congress‰лЊ handling of education for the first time since we began tracking that measure.
  • Common Core momentum. Insiders see support for Common Core remaining high among the administration and commercial vendors, with Congress being less supportive. Insiders see generally positive support among state officials and local school administrators. 67 percent of insiders believe that David Coleman‰'s new role at the College Board means the SAT will become more aligned with Common Core. Most insiders see Coleman‰лЊs move as providing momentum for Common Core.
  • RTT-D concerns. 59 percent of insiders said the Race to the Top competition for school districts (RTT-D) was not a good idea. LAUSD and Hillsborough County Florida were seen as the districts most likely to win.
  • Gainful employment rule back in play? 72 percent of insiders believe that if he wins the election in November Mitt