New Your State School Boards Association

Latest Pulse Poll Invalidated


FOR RELEASE: September 29, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

For more than six years, NYSSBA’s Pulse Polls have given school board members the opportunity to express their opinions on critical education issues. However, we are invalidating the results of our most recent poll on Common Core Learning Standards for two reasons. First, the polls are intended for school board members only. However, this particular poll was shared on social media sites where non-school board members could respond to it. Second, the sheer volume of responses to this poll (approximately 2,700 per question) is about four times greater than the number of responses given to typical polls, suggesting voting irregularities. For these reasons, we suspect that the integrity of the poll has been compromised. As a result, we cannot draw any meaningful conclusions from the data. If you come across these results, we ask that you not cite them or portray them as valid.

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About NYSSBA: The New York State School Boards Association represents more than 650 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training, and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools.


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