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ERIC Number: ED533443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun-19
Pages: 77
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Montana K-12 & School Choice Survey: What Do Voters Say about K-12 Education? Polling Paper Number 10
DiPerna, Paul
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The "Montana K-12 & School Choice Survey" project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Montana registered voters' familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. The author and his colleagues report response levels and differences (often using the modifying term "net") of voter opinion, and the intensity of responses. Where do Montanans stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? They try to provide some observations and insights in this paper. A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Montana voters recently responded to 19 substantive questions and 11 demographic questions. A total of 604 telephone interviews were conducted in English from April 12 to 19, 2012, by means of both landline and cell phone. Statistical results were weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is plus or minus 4.0 percentage points. In this project the author and his colleagues included four split-sample experiments. A split-sample design is a systematic way of comparing the effects of two or more alternative wordings for a given question. The purpose is to see if particular wording, or providing a new piece of information, can significantly influence opinion on a given topic. For this survey, they were particularly interested in how wording can affect responses to questions on education spending, taxes, and digital learning--all salient issues in Montana state politics and policy discussions. Key findings include: (1) More than three of four registered voters in Montana (77%) are paying attention to issues in K-12 education. Nearly one of four voters (23%) say they pay "very little" or no attention; (2) Montanans are more likely to think that K-12 education is heading in the "right direction" (49%) compared to being on the "wrong track" (38%); (3) Montana voters give high marks to the state's public school system (60% say "good" or "excellent"; 38% say "fair" or "poor"); and (4) Based on survey responses, Montana voters do not know how much is spent per student in public schools. There is an awareness gap. (Contains 1 footnote and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
Identifiers - Location: Montana