ERIC Number: ED361404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-3
Reference Count: N/A
Public Response to the 1992 Goals Report. Outreach Report to the National Education Goals Panel.
Fuentes, Edward J.; Stratoudakis, Carol Jay
This document summarizes the public response to the National Education Goals Panel's call for feedback on its work. Copies of the second annual "National Education Goals Report" had been sent to the Chief State School Officer in each state and territory. Twenty-seven of 55 chief officers replied to a request for their opinions of the report. The consensus was that the report content was useful and informative for those involved in improving education. However, the content was considered a bit dense for the average reader, and one respondent believed that the amount of data would overwhelm the layperson. Some respondents called for ranking or direct comparison of states. Most respondents thought that selections were clear and that graphs and summaries were easy to understand. Similar opinions were expressed by 22 representatives of education organizations and associations. The responses of members of 4 focus groups (total 39 participants) of education policymakers, parents, and teachers in West Virginia and Delaware indicate that the current structure of the report is less well-suited for teachers, school-level administrators, and parents than for policymakers. To better meet the needs of users, at least two versions of the report are required, one a reference text, and the other a more user-friendly version. Appendix A contains the survey response forms. Appendix B lists some responses to the report from the media. Appendix C contains acknowledgments. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Feedback, Information Dissemination, National Surveys, Parent Attitudes, Policy Formation, Public Opinion, Research Reports, Responses, Teacher Attitudes, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Goals Panel, Washington, DC.