Survey: Idahoans skeptical about the direction of K-12

Nearly half of Idahoans believe the state’s public schools are worse than they were five years ago.

Statehouse domeAnd nearly 60 percent of Idahoans want the state to dump Common Core standards.

Those are two findings from a poll completed last week and released Monday by Idaho Politics Weekly.

A closer look at the numbers:

  • Forty-four percent of Idahoans said public schools are worse than they were five years ago. Thirty-five percent of respondents said schools are about the same, and 12 percent said schools have improved. The remaining nine percent were unsure. Democrats and political independents were more likely to say schools have lost ground.
  • The split was more pronounced on Idaho Core Standards, established in 2013. Fifty-seven percent of respondents oppose the standards, while 27 percent of respondents support Common Core and the remaining 16 percent of respondents were unsure. Conservatives and Republicans were more likely to oppose the standards.

Salt Lake City-based Dan Jones and Associates conducted the poll from June 17 through July 1, surveying 610 adults. The poll has a margin of error of 4 percent.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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