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ERIC Number: ED514984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Attitudes about Education in Arizona: 2006 [and] Technical Appendices
Garcia, David R.; Molnar, Alex; Merrill, Bruce
Arizona Education Policy Initiative
"Parent Attitudes about Education in Arizona: 2006" is the third-annual study of the opinion of Arizona parents on the issues facing public schools. The study is conducted by the Arizona Education Policy Initiative (AEPI), a collaboration of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, and it is a systematic effort to capture and track parental opinion over time. Parents, more than any other group, have the most at stake in the condition of Arizona's schools; the annual AEPI survey gives Arizona parents an opportunity to make their voices heard on major public education issues. As in previous years, the 2006 survey was administered via telephone. The survey was conducted between March 18 and March 27, 2006. The respondents represent a statewide random sample of 410 Arizona parents that have children in public schools and an additional statewide sample of 101 Hispanic public school parents. Results are disaggregated by Anglo and Hispanic parents, making it possible to compare differences in opinion between Arizona's two largest racial/ethnic groups. In past years, the opinions of Anglo and Hispanic parents varied little from each other. In 2006, however, the authors observed a sharp divergence in the opinion of these two parent groups. Many important aspects of parental opinion remain consistent since the first AEPI Arizona parent opinion survey in 2004. Parents continue to be pleased with their children's schools and teachers, and they believe that public schools do a good job teaching basic academic skills. Parents regard inadequate funding as the biggest challenge facing Arizona public schools. Also, parental support for publicly-funded, full-day kindergarten has remained steadfast. There are notable changes in parental opinion as well. The percentage of parents who are supportive of students passing AIMS as a prerequisite to receive a high school diploma has increased substantially over the last year despite the fact that the Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) graduation requirement is approaching this spring. Finally, the opinions of Hispanic parents compared to Anglo parents show a trend toward a higher degree of dissatisfaction with Arizona public schools and Hispanics support more stringent accountability policies. Appendices include: (1) Survey Methods; (2) Survey Questions; and (3) Survey Report Tables. (Contains 82 tables, 1 figure and 6 notes.) [For the 2005 report, see ED514985.
Arizona Education Policy Initiative. Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, P.O. Box 872411, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287. Tel: 480-965-1886; Fax: 480-965-0303; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Arizona Education Policy Initiative
Identifiers - Location: Arizona