October 2014 Education Insider: Tracking Measures, 2014 Elections & Education, Vergara, Future of Common Core/Assessments

This month, we asked Insiders to focus on our usual tracking measures, the future of Common Core and assessments, as well as the future of Vergara-type litigation following on the heels of the landmark California litigation. Insiders also weighed in on the upcoming 2014 elections and the potential outcomes for education policy. Other highlights from this survey include the following:

  • When asked about future state participation most Insiders think that fewer than 20 states will use either the PARCC/SBAC assessments or a common cut score in five years.
  • 90% of Insiders think that the pending charter schools bill will be more likely to pass if Republicans take control of the Senate. 50% think the same thing about the research bill.
  • 68% of Insiders think that Sen. Lamar Alexander will be the most influential senator on education in the next two years.
  • 72% of Insiders think that implementation of a college ratings plan will be less of a priority if Republicans gain control of the Senate.