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'NPR/KAISER/KENNEDY SCHOOL EDUCATION SURVEY'Notes on Taking the Survey:

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Question 1 was an open-ended question not related to education. There was no Question 2. Questions 3-6 collected demographic information. The first question for you is No. 7.


    10. (Answer only if you have school-age children) Using the A, B, C, D, or FAIL scale again, what grade would you give the school your oldest child attends? 

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    13. Do you think most well-to-do people in your community send their children to public schools, or not?  

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  If you do not have school-age children, skip to Question 19. D. PARTICIPATION14. (Answer only if you have school-age children) How often do you help your children do homework assignments — nearly every day, once or twice a week, or less often than that?  


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  15. (Answer only if you have school-age children) How often do you meet with your children's teachers — once a month, a few times a year, or only rarely? 


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 16. (Answer only if you have school-age children) Do you feel your oldest child's teachers have a good understanding of your child's academic abilities and weaknesses, or not?  


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  17. (Answer only if you have school-age children) How about your child's overall development and happiness? Do you feel your oldest child's teachers have a good understanding, or not?   Answer: 


 18A. (Answer only if you have school-age children) How much influence do you think you have over your children's education – a great deal, quite a lot, some, or not much at all? 


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18B. (Answer only if you have school-age children) When you participated in school events, did you feel teachers and school officials encouraged you to do so, or not?  


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    E. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PUBLIC SCHOOLS

19A. Here are some problems schools might face. For each one, please tell me how big a problem you think it is — a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem for the public schools in your community.

How about… ?

(a) Students who are undisciplined and disruptive 

(b) Lack of adequate academic standards 

(c) Overcrowded classrooms

 (d) Discrimination against children because of race or gender

 (e) Public school facilities that are unsafe or unhealthy

 (f) Lack of computers and technology

 (g) Violence and lack of school safety 

(h) Lack of parental involvement 

(i) Poor quality teachers

 (j) Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs

 (k) Poor school administration 

(l) Inequality in funding among school districts 


21A. Which is a more important role for schools — to give students academic skills and other knowledge to prepare them for a job, a career, or college OR to develop students' character so they can make responsible decisions as adults in society about such things as drugs, sex, family, and money?  


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  • 21B. Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view: Schools need to return to their main function of giving knowledge to students OR Schools need to focus on teaching children how to think critically rather than worrying about how much detailed knowledge they have?  
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  •       21C. Which of the following two statements comes closer to your view: Schools have gotten too far away from the basics, like reading, writing, and math, OR schools need to teach about a broader range of subjects than they used to, because the world is more complex today? 
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  •       21D. As you look back on your elementary and high school education, is it your impression that children today get a better or worse education than you did? 
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  F. WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS


22A. In your opinion, how much does the amount of money spent on a public school student's education affect the quality of his or her education—a great deal, quite a lot, not too much, or not at all? 


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 22B. How do you feel about the placement of students with learning problems in the local public schools? In your opinion, should students with learning problems be placed in the same classes as other students, or should they be placed in separate classes? 


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    23. Here is a short list of changes some people have suggested might improve the public schools. Please tell me whether you favor or oppose making each of the following changes in your community to improve your public schools.

(a) Requiring schools to teach values/morality                                                            

 (b) Making students meet adequate academic standards to be promoted 

(c) Holding parents accountable when their children are disruptive 

(d) Requiring teachers to pass standardized competency test 


24. Here is a short list of possible changes that could cost more money and require additional tax dollars. Please tell me if you would favor or oppose making each of the following changes in your community to improve your public schools. Do you (favor/oppose) strongly or not strongly? (a) Paying teachers more                                          

 b) Placing more computers in classroom 

(c) Reducing class sizes 

(d) Fixing run-down schools 

(e) Adding more security at schools


 25. (Answer only if you favor one or more items in Question 24) To pay for this/these change(s), would you be willing to raise your taxes by... ?  


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 G. SCHOOL FUNDING27A.

 

Do you think elementary school students of different ability levels should be grouped together in the same classes, or separated into different classes based on their ability? 


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   27B. Do you think high school students of different ability levels should be grouped together in the same classes, or separated into different classes based on their ability? 


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  28A. Do you think that the amount of money that goes to education in your state should or should not be the same for all students, even if it means taking funding from some wealthy school districts and giving it to poor districts?  


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28B. Should wealthy school districts be allowed to spend as much as they want on their schools, or should their spending be capped so that poor districts are not left behind? 


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--~Liz~ 15:49, October 28, 2009 (UTC)

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