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ERIC Number: ED543128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-23
Pages: 79
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Texas K-12 & School Choice Survey: What Do Voters Say about K-12 Education? Polling Paper Number 14
DiPerna, Paul
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The "Texas K-12 & School Choice Survey" project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI), measures Texas 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 of voter opinion, as well as the intensity of those responses. Where do Texans stand on important issues and policy proposals in K-12 education? They try to provide some brief observations and insights in this memo. A randomly selected and statistically representative sample of Texas voters recently responded to 20 substantive questions and 11 demographic questions. A total of 613 telephone interviews were conducted in English and Spanish from March 19 to 27, 2013, by means of both landline and cell phone. Statistical results were weighted to correct for 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 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. In this case, the purpose is to see if providing a new piece of information about education spending can significantly influence opinion on the topic--a salient issue in Texas'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 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 9 notes and 3 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: Texas