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ERIC Number: ED543126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar-6
Pages: 66
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Maine K-12 & School Choice Survey: What Do Voters Say about K-12 Education? Polling Paper Number 12
DiPerna, Paul
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The "Maine K-12 & School Choice Survey" project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Maine 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 terms "net" or "spread") of voter opinion, and the "intensity" of those responses. Where do Mainers stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? The author and his colleagues try to provide some brief observations and insights in this memo. A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Maine voters recently responded to 19 substantive questions and 12 demographic questions. A total of 604 telephone interviews were conducted in English from January 30 to February 6, 2013, 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 they also included one split-sample experiment. 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 providing a new piece of information about education spending can significantly influence opinion on that topic--a salient issue in Maine's state politics and representing an undercurrent in education policy discussions. Their polling paper 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 questionnaire and results ("topline numbers"), allowing the reader to follow the actual interview as it was conducted, with respect to question wording and ordering. (Contains 11 notes and 4 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
Identifiers - Location: Maine