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ERIC Number: ED514986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Attitudes about Education in Arizona: 2004 [and] Technical Appendices
Molnar, Alex; Merrill, Bruce
Arizona Education Policy Initiative
The Arizona Education Policy Initiative (AEPI), a collaboration of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona, conducted a statewide telephone survey to get parents' perspectives on the condition of education in the state. From March 17 to March 27, 2004, a statewide random sample of 400 Arizona parents and an additional statewide sample of 355 Hispanic Arizona parents with children attending a traditional public, charter, or private school were interviewed. The results offer a snapshot of Arizona parent opinion in 2004. Findings reveal that Arizona parents think the schools their children attend and the teachers who teach their children are doing a good job. They report schools encourage them to be involved. Accountability gets high marks from parents and they support the AIMS (Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards) testing program. The biggest challenge facing Arizona schools is lack of money, according to parents. In the controversial area of English language instruction, parents support providing instruction in both a child's native language and in English. Although too few parents of children under six were surveyed to allow for a definitive conclusion, the results suggest that parents would utilize early education and all-day kindergarten if they were available. It is especially noteworthy that Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents hold very similar views about public education in Arizona. Appendices include: (1) Survey Methods; (2) Survey Questions; and (3) Survey Report Tables. (Contains 46 tables and 8 notes.)
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: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State University, Arizona Education Policy Initiative
Identifiers - Location: Arizona