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PDK Georgia Poll: Strong Local Control; Less Focus on Standardized Tests

Monday, August 28, 2017  
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PDK International asks Americans about their attitudes on public education each year in a renowned, long-standing poll that began in 1969. For the first time ever the organization chose two states, Georgia and New York, for focused polling to determine similarities and differences on key issues.


“The data provided by Georgia-specific polling from a trustworthy source provides a great resource of current attitudes about education in our state,” said Dr. Allene Magill, executive director of PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators). “I encourage decision-makers in Georgia to pay attention to the results, especially support for local control, a desire for more representative accountability measures other than standardized assessments and support for career pathways.”


Additionally, Georgians are supportive of providing wraparound services through public schools and value the diversity of students in classrooms.


The survey results also highlight the importance for public education advocates to engage their communities so that they understand the value of a public education. Georgians are evenly split on whether public money (vouchers) should pay for students to attend private schools. And, 45 percent of public school parents would choose a private school if tuition were fully paid by public money. If only half of tuition were paid, 67 percent would choose to stay in a public school.


Every educator and advocate for public education should read the results of the PDK poll and consider what implications it has for how to support and improve education for Georgia’s students, Magill said.


The PDK survey underscores the alignment of PAGE’s work for educators and students with the values of Georgians. PAGE successfully fought for local control of schools in the defeat of the Opportunity School District (Amendment 1), advocated for the critical need for wraparound services and recognition of poverty factors as part of the First Priority Act to address struggling schools and initiated an effort for more relevant and broader accountability measures through research-based awareness of the misuse of standardized assessments.


“PAGE continues to provide leadership in ways that matter for students and educators,” Magill said.


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Georgia Edition PDK Poll News Release

Georgia Edition PDK Poll Highlights
Georgia Edition PDK Poll Analysis

PDK National Poll

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