More Polls

New ETS No Child Left Behind poll is out. I might have hinted that I think the question wording is pretty good, the most deliberate work I know of to try to avoid the loaded stuff or mischaracterizations of the policy. I think the big takeaway is that the bottom is not falling/has not fallen out – and despite a lot of money spent on that. Other key takeaway is that despite that, the public remains up for grabs and persuadable but that various prompts have a lot of salience, so how the issue is presented matters. The national standards finding is interesting but the poll also found that the public and educators are uneasy about federal interference so (a) that issue isn’t cut and dry and (b) people will tell pollsters lots of things…something to keep in mind with polling on complicated issues in general. Ed Week’s Hoff takes a look at all that.

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