Most of us don’t have the time to dig down into polls and figure out the nuances of wording and responses. Fortunately for us, Mercedes Schneider has done it for us.

She here compares the AP-NORC poll which concluded that most parents like standardized testing to the PDK/Gallup poll, which found that only 22% of parents thought that standardized testing improved their school.

How did the two polls reach such different conclusions? Read Mercedes and find out.

By the way, Mercedes pronounces her name with the accent on the first syllable and a soft “e” in the second syllable, not like the car, which sounds like an “a” in the second syllable. Apparently, her renown in Louisiana has spread through her blog, and she is known by that unusual first name, like Cher and Madonna.