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Poll Shows Public Increasingly Views NCLB Unfavorably (August, 2007)

More Americans are more familiar with NCLB than they were a year ago -- and they like it even less. That was a key finding of the 39th Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Annual Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools. This year's poll also shows that 52 percent of Americans believe that the federal law is limiting what children are taught -- at the expense of subjects such as art, science, health and social studies -- and a significant majority believe that more must be done to prepare students to compete in a global economy.

When asked about the amount of testing in the schools, 43 percent of the public believe that there is too much, which is a 12 percentage point increase since 2002. Parents are even more concerned, with 52 percent saying there is too much testing, a 20 point increase since 2002.

These and other findings show that the public's attitude toward NCLB is increasingly unfavorable. It was the first time since 2003 when the PDK/Gallup Poll started asking the question that a majority of respondents said they know "a great deal" or "fair amount" about NCLB.