Poll: 80% of NY Superintendents ‘highly approve’ of Common Core

More than 80 percent of school superintendents on Long Island and statewide who responded to a recent poll believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms. (Credit: Heather Walsh)

More than 80 percent of school superintendents on Long Island and statewide who responded to a recent poll believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms. (Credit: Heather Walsh via Newsday)

More than 80 percent of school superintendents in New York State believe the Common Core academic standards are improving the quality of English and math education in their classrooms, according to a survey completed by the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Eighty-three percent of superintendents responding in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and 85 percent statewide, felt either “very positive” or “somewhat positive” about the standards’ impact on English instruction.

This rosy outlook is in stark comparison to recent public opinion polls. Just 23 percent of New Yorkers supported Common Core when asked back in June for a Siena College survey, while 46 percent opposed it.

I sat down with Bob Lowry, deputy director of the State Superintendents Council, to get to the bottom of this glaring disconnect.

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