ERIC Number: ED437489
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
National Opinion Poll--Education, 1999.
Bositis, David A.
This report is the fourth in a series that tracks the attitudes of African Americans and the general public in the area of education. The 1999 poll was a survey of 1,678 adults, conducted in May 1999. The survey's questions cover a broad range of topics, including politics, education, crime and criminal justice policy, the 2000 Census, immigration, and race relations. The survey has two components: a national general population sample of 850 adults and a national sample of 900 adult African Americans. Seventy-two African Americans who responded were in both samples. Whites' views on education had changed little since the 1998 poll, but African Americans' views on education were generally less optimistic than those expressed in the 1998 survey. There was solid black support for statewide standards and tests, although a significant minority of African Americans believe that such standards and tests are unfair to minority group members. In the 1999 survey, as in previous years, there is strong support among African Americans for increased government spending on education. A positive note was sounded in that significantly fewer (20%) African Americans reported violent incidents at the schools near where they live. A "note" explains survey methodology. (Contains 6 data tables.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Adults, Blacks, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Opinion, School Safety, Surveys, Test Use, Whites
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, DC.