ERIC Number: ED570429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-20
Reference Count: N/A
Indiana K-12 & School Choice Survey: What Do Voters Say about K-12 Education? Polling Paper No. 27
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice
The purpose of the "Indiana K-12 & School Choice Survey" is to measure public opinion on, and in some cases awareness or knowledge of, a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice developed this project in partnership with Braun Research, Inc., who conducted the live phone call interviews, collected the survey data, and provided data quality control. This report describes and compares response levels, margins, and intensities for the statewide sample and observed demographic groups. A total of 1,845 telephone interviews were completed from November 11 to December 1, 2015, by means of both landline and cell phone. A randomly selected and statistically representative statewide sample of registered voters in Indiana responded to more than 30 substantive items in live phone interviews. Statistical results have been weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the statewide sample is ± 3.1 percentage points. During field work, an initial statewide sample that included 1,002 interviews with registered voters was established. Researchers then continued phone interviews by oversampling five regions to achieve at least 300 completed interviews for regional subgroups: (1) Indianapolis Metro (n = 400); (2) Northeast (n = 403); (3) Northwest (n = 301); (4) Southeast (n = 300); and (5) Southwest (n = 300). The Friedman Foundation conducted a shorter survey in Indiana five years ago. Comparing results between 2010 and 2015, and saw remarkably similar findings on five common questions. Average voter mood about K-12 education remains negative. Researchers detect some decreased support for general definitions of public charter schools and school vouchers. However, the fundamental message remains the same: Hoosiers in late 2015 were still roughly "twice as likely to be favorable toward these reform concepts rather than opposed". The organization of this paper has two sections. The first section describes key findings and presents charts for additional context. The second section details the survey's methodology, summarizes response statistics, and provides additional technical information on call dispositions for landline and cell phone interviews and weighting.
Descriptors: School Choice, Elementary Secondary Education, State Surveys, Public Opinion, Knowledge Level, Familiarity, Telephone Surveys, Interviews, Preferences, Institutional Characteristics, Charter Schools, Educational Vouchers, Tax Credits, Scholarships, Standardized Tests, Superintendents, Achievement Rating, Educational Attitudes, Public Schools, Private Schools
Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Available from: Foundation for Educational Choice. One American Square Suite 2420, Indianapolis, IN 46282. Tel: 317-681-0745; Fax: 317-681-0945; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.edchoice.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Sponsor: Dekko Foundation
Authoring Institution: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice; Braun Research, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Indiana