ERIC Number: ED164574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Attitudes Toward Education 1974-1975 Massachusetts Educational Assessment Program.
Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Research and Assessment.
The results are reported of a survey of citizen attitudes toward education in Massachusetts, that was conducted in conjunction with a statewide educational assessment of 9 and 17-year old students during 1974-1975. The results were weighted to give 36% weight to parents and other adults, 36% to students and recent graduates, 18% to teachers and school administrators, and 10% to business and community leaders; but data are given by categories as well as by totals. There was a high degree of agreement between different categories of citizens. The major finding was the desire for more attention to be given to basic skills and to career education, and for more funds to be spent on occupational preparation. Tables present data on the following topics: (1) emphasis on 28 school concerns; (2) opinions on 14 statements about public education; (3) ratings of the overall quality of the local school; (4) ways in which more money should be spent if it were available; (5) ways in which school budgets should be reduced; and (6) changes desired during the next 10 years. Demographic and geographic descriptions are provided for the respondents. (CTM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston. Bureau of Research and Assessment.