ERIC Number: ED477867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
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)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Attitude Measures, Basic Skills, Community Surveys, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Politics of Education, Public Opinion, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School District Autonomy, Standardized Tests, Standards, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: 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.