ERIC Number: ED255538
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools in Maryland. An Adaptation of the 16th Annual Gallup Poll.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
This report presents results of the first Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward the Public Schools in Maryland. Based upon the 16th Annual Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes toward Public Schools, this statewide poll provides: (1) benchmark data on the attitudes toward public education of Maryland communities; (2) a vehicle for obtaining regular updates of the data; and (3) valid data to assist Maryland educators in correlating state, local, and national data. Data will be used to train educators in recognizing problems and maintaining communication networks with their publics. Poll results are presented for the nation, Maryland, parental status, sex, race, age groups, and educational levels. Results are organized in three parts: (1) overall ratings of public schools nationally, and of Maryland public schools, teachers, principals and administrators, school boards, and parents; and attitudes toward school tax increases; (2) general education issues such as goals of education, importance of extracurricular activities, attitudes toward a national graduation test, and schoolwork requirements; and (3) current issues such as major problems confronting the public schools, discipline, state teachers examinations, teachers salaries, and attitudes toward increasing the salaries of math and science teachers. The report is based on a random sample of 2,080 replies, drawn from 8,752 completed telephone interviews, in proportion to the number of households in each of Maryland's 24 school districts. (BS)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Discipline, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Extracurricular Activities, Job Performance, Minimum Competency Testing, Public Opinion, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Effectiveness, School Personnel, State Surveys, Teacher Salaries
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Identifiers: Gallup Poll; Maryland; Telephone Surveys
Note: Poll proposed by Maryland Schools: People on the Grow, the Communication Project of the Maryland State Department of Education. The survey sample was designed by Survey Sampling, Inc., of Westport, Connecticut.