Omaha Public Radio News
Wed August 11, 2010
Report shows widespread support for common education standards
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – A new study shows 89 percent of voters think some college education is important to future success.
The study for bi-partisan group Achieve focuses on core standards, assessment and preparedness for college. That group focuses on education reform. Released Tuesday, Achieve's report also shows 83 percent of voters believe high school students should have a rigorous curriculum that prepares them for college.
Governor Dave Heineman is a member of the Achieve Board of Directors. He believes Nebraska already requires that type of curriculum. "Last year I worked with the state board of education to adopt new high school graduation requirements that require every student to take four years of English and three years of math, science, and social studies," Heineman says. "Two years ago we passed legislation requiring statewide assessments so we can compare school district academic achievement and increase education accountability."
Achieve's report notes that 62 percent of voters believe all states should have the same standards in Math and English.
Achieve's report is based on a survey conducted May 23rd through the 26th of 600 registered voters nationwide. The margin of error is three and a half percent.