2015 Schooling in America Survey - Highlights

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  1. 1. One out of six (17%) Americans pointed to education as the countrys highest priority. The economy and jobs (31%) receivedthe most responses. The country is almost twiceas likely to say K12 education has gotten offon the wrong track (60%) compared with those saying it is heading in the right direction (32%). The vast majority ofAmericans give negativeratings (77% fair or poor) to the federal governments handling of matters in K12. One out offive give positive ratings (20% said good or excellent) to federal involvement. The general public has a wide range ofschooling preferences:41%would choosea private school; 36% prefer regular public school; 12%say public charter school; 9% would like to homeschool. Prominently cited reasons for choosing a specific school type: Regular Public School: 16% DIVERSITY / VARIETY 16% SOCIALIZATION / PEERS / OTHER KIDS Private School: 24% BETTER EDUCATION / QUALITY 17% INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION / ONE-ON-ONE Public Charter School: 17% INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION / ONE-ON-ONE 14% BETTER EDUCATION / QUALITY Home School: 13% INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION / ONE-ON-ONE 8% BETTER EDUCATION / QUALITY Charter schools are supported by a majority of Americans. Fifty-three percent say they favorcharter schools,whereas 27%ofrespondents say they oppose charters. (2014:61%and 26%, respectively) More than six out of10 Americans (61%) say they support school vouchers compared with 33%who say they oppose such a school choice policy. (2014:63%and 33% respectively) A similar proportion (62%) say they support education savings accounts (ESA), whereas 28%oppose the idea. (2014:56%and 34% respectively) With only a few exceptions,subgroup margins are greater than +30 percentagepoints. The smallest margin is among seniors (+4 points). Independents (39%) and young adults (39%) have the greatest proportions saying they strongly favor ESAs. Seniors (27%) have the largest proportion saying they strongly oppose ESAs. A solid majority of Americans support tax-credit scholarships.The percentage ofthose who favor (60%) is twice as large as the proportion who say they oppose(29%). Half of Americans (50%) say they support the Common Core compared with 40%saying they oppose. A plurality ofAmericans(42%) said the amount oftime spent on standardizedtesting is too high compared with 19%who say too low.More than twicethe numberof school parents said the amount oftesting time is too high (47 %), versus those who say too low(20%). Survey respondents were mostinclined to say supplying vouchers/scholarships/ESAs (41%) to families would be a useful intervention for students in low-performing schools. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2015 SCHOOLING IN AMERICA SURVEY DIRECTION OF K12 EDUCATION RATING FEDERAL PERFORMANCE IN K12 EDUCATION AS A PRIORITY SCHOOLING PREFERENCES AND REASONS SCHOOL CHOICE COMMON CORE, TESTING, INTERVENTION
  2. 2. Title: 2015 Schooling in America Survey Survey Sponsor & Developer: Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice Survey Data Collection & Quality Control: Braun Research, Inc. Interview Dates: April 22 to May 12, 2015 Interview Method: Live Telephone | 60% landline and 40% cell phone Interview Length: 17.5 minutes (average) Language(s): English, with Spanish option Sample Frame & Method: Dual Frame; Probability Sampling; Random Digit Dial (RDD) Population Sample: National sample of adults (age 18+) living in the 50 U.S. States and District of Columbia Sample Size: National/General Public, N = 1,002 Margins of Error: National/General Public = 3.1 percentage points Response Rates (RR) using AAPOR RR3: Landline = 13.5%; Cell Phone = 13.5% Weighting? Yes (Landline/Cell for National, then Age, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Census Division/Region) Oversampling? Yes (Latinos)* Total Latinos, N = 532 (n=125 from National sample; n=407 from additional oversample) * Latino and other race/ethnic resultsto be releasedata later date. The surveys sponsor and sole funder was the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Author contact: Paul DiPerna at paul@edchoice.org, 202-641-1858 (cell) Media contact: Susan L. Meyers, susan@edchoice.org, 404-518-2271 (cell) SURVEY PROFILE