ERIC Number: ED264238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Public Response to Proposals for Raising Academic Standards in Secondary Schools. Research Series No. 163.
Freeman, Donald J.; And Others
Results are presented of a nationwide telephone survey of 1,200 adults --conducted from November 1984 to January 1985--that examined the public's response to secondary school reform. The public wants greater student accountability, greater teacher initiative and accountability, and upgraded curricula. Ninety-five percent of the respondents supported high school graduation exams and junior high promotion tests. Participants also wanted tangible evidence of teacher competence and initiative. More than 80 percent favored national teacher exams and teachers working during the summer to improve their teaching. About two-thirds were ready to support measures designed to attract and retain good teachers, including increasing teachers' salaries and/or offering merit pay to outstanding teachers. Respondents were opposed to school closings and cutbacks in extracurricular activities as ways to pay for these reforms; most preferred paying higher taxes instead. About one-third of the survey's participants said they would abandon support for more rigorous course work if their children had to give up athletics or other extracurricular activities to have time enough for schoolwork. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.