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March 10, 2015

Although a new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Public Mind found that most New Jersey adults (55 percent) say they’ve heard “little” or “nothing” about the Common Core educational standards, it didn’t stop them from having an opinion.

About 38 percent of respondents said they approved of the standards. Republicans, Democrats, and independents are all equally likely to say they approve, but Republicans are a bit more likely to say they disapprove, with 48 percent doing so, compared with 32 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independents.

Parents of school-age children are more likely to be knowledgeable about the standards and are more likely to know that New Jersey is using a Common Core curriculum. They are also more likely to disapprove of it (48 percent). Sixty-nine percent who said they disapprove of the standards said it reduces flexibility and leads to teaching to the test. Those who approve of Common Core said it can ensure that all students in the state get the same education.

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