Among those who say they have heard at least a little about the Common Core standards, views tilt positive, by 52% to 42%. However, relatively few parents feel strongly about Common Core. Even among parents familiar with the standards, just 13% view them very positively, while slightly more — 19% — view them very negatively.
These results are from Gallup Daily tracking April 3-9, and are based on interviews conducted with 639 parents, aged 18 and older, who have children in public school from kindergarten through high school.
Forty-five states plus the District of Columbia initially signed on to the Common Core standards, which were developed by a consortium of governors and state education commissioners, and partially funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. President Barack Obama has endorsed the standards, and states that adopt them are eligible for federal Race to the Top education grants. Thirty-three of the states, plus the District of Columbia, implemented the standards in or before the 2013-2014 school year, while 11 states are slated to start next fall. Indiana just became the first state to withdraw from the program, citing budgetary as well as substantive concerns.