ERIC Number: ED343930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Opinions of Nevada Voters about Their Public Schools. 1990 Needs Assessment Survey. Contractor Final Report.
Survey Research Systems, Carson City, NV.
A telephone public opinion survey asked 866 Nevada registered voters their opinions about the public schools. The developed questionnaire was approved by the Nevada Department of Education. Of the respondents, 51.15% agree that all students should have a specific job skill before graduating from high school and 76.67% agree that more importance should be given to occupational education. Over half (55.41%) do not agree with expanding the current 180-day school year. A majority (82.90%) agrees with putting more emphasis on helping students with handicaps. About half (52.30%) think the schools should provide day care services for children after the school day ends. A majority (87.99%) agrees that mathematics is very important for all students, while only 61.08% agree that physical education is very important. Of all of the subjects, English grammar and composition receives the most support, with 88.56% calling it very important, and civics and history and science are also deemed important. Respondents differ about whether schools in their communities have grown worse in the last five years, with 28.86% agreeing, 27.71% feeling they are about the same, and 22.05% undecided. Most (67.54%) agree that Nevada schools are underfunded. Other trends are documented, and information is broken down for Clark and Washoe counties and rural Nevada. There are 126 pages of tabulated responses to the 51 survey items. The survey itself prefaces the report. (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Community Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Educational Attitudes, Educational Finance, Educational Quality, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Needs Assessment, Public Opinion, Public Schools, Questionnaires, School Support, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Telephone Surveys, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Authoring Institution: Survey Research Systems, Carson City, NV.
Identifiers: Nevada; Voters