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ERIC Number: ED543115
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May-8
Pages: 88
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Schooling in America Survey: What Do Mothers Say about K-12 Education? Polling Paper Number 15
DiPerna, Paul
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The "Schooling in America Survey" is a national project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI). The author and his colleagues methodology is in line with polling industry standards. A total of 1,000 telephone interviews were completed from April 1 to 8, 2013, by means of both landline and cell phone. A randomly selected and statistically representative national sample responded to 18 substantive questions and eight demographic questions. An initial sample included 700 American adults (age 18 and older) living in the United States. BRI then oversampled to reach an additional 300 interviews with mothers of school-age children to complete, combined with the national sample, 405 interviews with mothers having at least one child in preschool, elementary school, or high school. Throughout the remainder of this report they use "school moms" as a shorthand for this group of respondents. As a comparison group, they also track the responses of adult women and men who do not have children in preschool, elementary school, or high school, or who have no children at all, and they call this group "non-schoolers." Based on recent U.S. Census data, statistical results were weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies in order to establish a representative nationwide sample of American adults. The margin of sampling error for the national sample is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The margin of error for the "school mom" sample is approximately plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. The author and his colleagues observe and report on respondents' familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. This polling report has four sections. The first section summarizes key findings. They call the second section "Survey Snapshots," which offers charts highlighting the core findings of the project. The third section describes the survey's methodology, summarizes response statistics, and presents additional technical information on call dispositions for landline and cell phone interviews. The fourth section displays the survey questions and results ("topline numbers"), allowing the reader to follow the interview as it was conducted, with respect to question wording and ordering. (Contains 14 footnotes.)
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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