Poll: Parents Question Testing

K-12 Testing

While Congress considers mandating annual tests as a vehicle for school reform, a new national poll has found that parents are evenly split on whether statewide testing is fair. Fewer than 30 percent believe standardized tests are the best way to measure children’s school performance.


Parents also do not believe testing plans are most important for improving schools. The poll of parents, sponsored by Horace Mann Educators Corporation, an insurance company, showed most parents consider insufficient funding, over-crowding, and too few teachers as the major problems facing schools. Market Facts, an independent research firm, conducted the telephone survey.