ERIC Number: ED517797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-29
Reference Count: 9
Americans Want More Coverage of Teacher Performance and Student Achievement
West, Darrell M.; Whitehurst, Grover J.; Dionne, E. J., Jr.
In this report, the authors present the results of a national public opinion survey on education news. From December 6 to 19, 2010, they conducted telephone interviews with 1,211 adults aged 18 years or older (including an over-sample of parents) in the continental United States. They asked a series of questions about their education news consumption focusing on where respondents got their information, how they assessed media sources, and how they envisioned the future of education reporting and school communication. Among the results were: 73 percent wanted more information on teacher performance; 71 percent wanted more on student academic performance; 69 percent wanted more reporting on school crime or violence; 68 percent wanted more on school curricula; and 66 percent wanted more both on school finances and school reform (66 percent). Survey methodology and questions are appended.
Descriptors: News Reporting, National Surveys, Public Opinion, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement, Crime, Violence, Curriculum, Educational Finance, Educational Change, Information Sources, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Parents, Regional Characteristics, Differences, Income
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Brookings Institution