Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Gallup Polls, on Public Education
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK), an international association of professional educators, has commissioned the Gallup organization to survey American public opinion about public schools every spring since 1969. The results of the annual Gallup Poll have been published in the association's journal, Phi Delta Kappan , each autumn. A hallmark of the survey has been the public's grading of schools on the A-B-C scale. People have consistently rated the public school their own child attended higher than schools in their community, and the public schools in their community higher than the nation's public schools. A number of questions used in the poll have been repeated from year to year, permitting the tracking of public opinion on issues such as school choice and accountability. Critics have suggested that the questions in the poll have been leading, with the resulting data biased in favor of status quo public schools. Founded in 1908, PDK ...