Kit Harris, ASCD Research

ED Pulse Poll Results: Which Type of Parental Support for the Common Core Would Be Most Useful?

ASCD continually seeks to provide solutions to the challenges that face educators of all levels. Recently, the ASCD SmartBrief ED Pulse poll sought to develop a short list of useful tasks for parents to implement in their daily routine to enhance what is being taught in the classroom.

In response to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many different groups have created documents for parents, education experts, and others that provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade. Of the seven tasks suggested in the ED Pulse poll, there were three that resonated with the ASCD SmartBrief readers who took the survey. They felt that students could be best supported in their transition to CCSS if parents did the following:

  • Demand "evidence" in everyday discussions/disagreements (24 percent)
  • Know what the priority work is for your child for the grade level (23 percent)
  • Read nonfiction texts aloud or with the child (20 percent)

Following these top three suggestions, there were three others that were selected as fairly useful:

  • Ask your child to do the math that comes up in your daily life (11 percent)
  • Provide more challenging texts your child wants to read and can read comfortably (11 percent)
  • Be aware of what your child struggled with last year and how that will affect learning this year (9 percent)

There was one item that was not seen as useful to these respondents. That item was to find books that "explain" topics in science and social studies (2 percent).

This survey question was included in ASCD SmartBrief, a free daily e-mail news service that provides summaries and links to major education stories and issues, which has more than 200,000 subscribers. Using ED Pulse, the weekly online poll, data was collected from 442 readers, starting on October 24, 2013. Online surveys do not provide a random sample, as participants are self-selected, meaning that a margin of sampling error cannot be calculated or quoted. In addition, the population and sample are limited to those with access to computers and an online network. However, online surveys have been shown to produce results that have proven to be reliable predictors of outcomes, including election results. If you have a question on education that you would like to see addressed in a future ED Pulse poll, feel free to submit it in the comment section below, along with any other comments.

Kit Harris is the marketing research lead at ASCD. The quantitative and qualitative research work done is in support of strategic initiatives in marketing, membership, product/program/service development, and conferences/meetings. Harris started her career in Chicago at a marketing research firm, then moved to D.C. to serve as the research director at advertising agency Earle Palmer Brown & Associates. Prior to coming to ASCD, she ran her own research firm.

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