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ERIC Number: ED504814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 108
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher, 1996. Students Voice Their Opinions On: Their Education, Teachers and Schools. Part II
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
This report, the second in a series of four 1996 releases of students' opinions, represents a continued effort by MetLife to provide insight and understanding to current issues of education in American public schools. The survey sought student information on the education they receive from the perspective of public school students in middle and high school, including the quality of education; teacher characteristics; guidance counselor characteristics; and school resources. A total of 2,524 questionnaires were completed with public school students enrolled in grades seven through twelve throughout ail states of the continental United States. Every public school containing any of these grades had an equal chance of being selected. Weights were applied so that the sample of students in grades seven through twelve is projectable to the total student population nationally. From December 19, 1995 through February 2, 1996 questionnaires were self-administered by students in the classroom under teacher supervision. Reported findings include: (1) Middle and high school students nationwide give their schools, on average, a grade of "B" on the quality of education they receive; (2) More than half of students nationwide consider the lack of basic skills among their peers a very or somewhat serious problem in their schools; (3) Students are generally satisfied with their teachers; (4) Overall ratings of teachers are lower for urban students, minority students, males and low academic performers; (5) Teachers get their highest grades for being knowledgeable on the subjects they teach and helping students who have difficulty with their studies; (6) Teachers receive high grades from substantially fewer students on making learning interesting and taking an interest in students' personal and home lives; (7) Student evaluations of their teachers differ by geographic size and race/ethnicity; (8) At least one-third of students nationwide say they experience problems with overcrowded classrooms; (9) Lack of equipment in places such as science labs and gymnasiums is a very or somewhat serious problem among half of all students; (10) Fewer students report problems with up-to-date equipment and textbooks than with shortages of these resources; (11) Six in ten students believe their school does no better than an average job in using computers and technology to help them learn; (12) Nearly three-quarters of all students do not believe their school provides enough interesting experiences outside the classroom; (13) Students are more satisfied when it comes to their choice of classes; (14) While a majority of students experience satisfaction with the support their school receives from parents and their community, a significant minority believe the level of support is too low; (15) Guidance counselors receive their highest ratings on being knowledgeable about course requirements for high school graduation and college admissions; (16) Counselors receive lower grades on being knowledgeable about non-academic programs and their level of interest in students' futures; and (17) Students are much less satisfied with counselors' availability when students need their advice and helping students who are having problems with their studies. Four appendices are included: (1) Cleaning Data for the Report; (2) Methodology; (3) Harris Scholastic Sample Design Methodology; and (4) Questionnaire. (Contains 44 tables.) [This report is one of a 4-part series. For Part I, see ED504813. For Part III, see ED504815. For Part IV, see ED504827.]
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166. Tel: 212-578-2419; Fax: 212-578-0617; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Identifiers - Location: United States