A study released last week by the centrist public policy think tank The Brookings Institution suggests Louisianans aren't nearly as resistant to Common Core's principles as they are to the words "Common Core." The report suggests the politicization of the name "Common Core" is far more daunting to residents in Louisiana than the curriculum's actual tenets, which seek to create a series of benchmarks for U.S. public education.
In conducting the study, LSU's Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs asked two versions of the same question to gauge public support for Common Core, one stating the initiative's name and the other leaving it out. "When the Common Core label is dropped from the question," the Brookings study read, "support for the concept leaps from 39 percent to 67 percent. With the label, a majority of the public (51 percent) opposes Common Core, but without the label a majority (67 percent) supports common math and reading standards."
A poll that tested Louisianan's understanding of Common Core showed confusion. "When differences in how a question is phrased produce significant inconsistencies — as they do here — that suggests many responses may be based on little more than guesswork," the study noted.
The full study is available as part of The Brown Center Chalkboard series on the Brookings Institution's website.