June 2013 Insider: Tracking Approval Ratings, ESEA Reauthorization, and Student Loan Rates

With both K-12 and higher education activity in the House and Senate, Insiders weigh in on ESEA reauthorization and student loans. Insiders also provide a check-in on Common Core. Among the findings:

  • Despite recent committee action on Capitol Hill, Insiders remain pessimistic about the prospects of ESEA reauthorization during this Congress.
  • Insiders believe a deal will be struck on student loan interests rates, with the most likely outcome being a plan to tie rates to the market.
  • Insiders give higher marks to both Common Core assessment consortium but 63 percent still see the PARCC consortia as being on the wrong track. 54 percent of Insiders now say the SBAC consortia is on the right track, marking a significant shift this month.
  • 74 percent of Insiders think the Defending State Authority Over Education Act will be included in the final House version of ESEA. But Insiders are split as to whether the legislation would create new restrictions or be redundant with current law.
  • Approval ratings for Congress remain unchanged, and low. Approval ratings for the Obama Administration remain below 50 percent but ticked up this month.