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ERIC Number: ED477867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-889483-81-8
Where We Are Now: 12 Things You Need To Know about Public Opinion and Public Schools. A Digest of a Decade of Survey Research.
Johnson, Jean; Duffett, Ann
This report presents findings on a series of surveys conducted from 1998 through 2002. The findings: (1) Parents, teachers, and students believe that setting standards and enforcing them promotes learning; (2) standards and promotion policies have changed in recent years, and attitudes about local schools have improved; (3) the majority of parents and teachers say standardized tests are useful, and few students are overly anxious about them; (4) teachers support higher academic standards but have qualms about some aspects of testing; (5) teachers are troubled by poor student behavior and feel their views are ignored by decision-makers; (6) Americans say all students need the basics, and parents want their own children prepared for college; (7) there is a dramatic gap between the way employers and college professors rate high school graduates; (8) the majority of employers and professors have doubts about high school graduates' basic skills; (9) teachers say lack of parent involvement is a serious problem; (10) teachers, parents, and students are concerned about the uncivil atmosphere in many high schools; (11) superintendents and principals say their biggest problems are politics and bureaucracy; and (12) holding schools and educators directly responsible for student achievement is still uncommon. (WFA)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: Written with Jackie Vine and Leslie Moye. Support provided by Washington Mutual, Seattle, WA. For complete survey data for every poll question used in the report, see EA 032 609.