Trend: How Satisfied Are You With the Quality of K-12 Education in the U.S. Today?

Trend: How Satisfied Are You With the Quality of K-12 Education in the U.S. Today?

Trend: Now I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one -- a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? The public schools

From what you know, how would you rate the quality of education offered by each of the following -- as generally excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

Trend: Next, we’d like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are -- very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don’t have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so. How about the quality of public education in the nation?

Trend: What grade will your oldest child in K-12 be entering this fall?

Trend: Will your oldest child attend public, private, parochial, or home school this year?

Trend: How satisfied are you with the quality of education your oldest child is receiving? Would you say you are completely satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or completely dissatisfied?

Trend: Parents' Fear for Oldest Child's Physical Safety in Grades K-12 U.S. Schools

Trend:Have any of your school-aged children expressed any worry about feeling unsafe at their school when they go back to school this fall?

Trend: I'm going to read a variety of proposals concerning religion and public schools. For each one, please tell me whether you would generally favor or oppose it.

How much, if anything, have you heard about the new national standards for teaching reading, writing, and math in grades K through 12, known as the Common Core State Standards -- a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or nothing at all?

And from what you know about them, do you have a positive or negative impression of the Common Core standards? Is that very [positive/negative], or somewhat [positive/negative]?

Now I’d like to mention several aspects of the Common Core. For each, please tell me if you think it will have a very positive, somewhat positive, somewhat negative, or very negative impact on education in the United States? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

Trend: How important is a college education today?

Are you currently taking an online course, or not?

Next, if you had to choose, which do you think is more important for young people to succeed today -- [ROTATED: earning a college degree from a well-respected university (or) obtaining the knowledge or skills needed to do a specific job]?

Next we have some questions about online education; that is, classes conducted entirely or partially over the Internet that can be taken for college credit, personal enrichment, professional development, or other business-related reasons. Just your opinion, do you think online education is better, the same, or worse than traditional classroom-based education in each of the following areas? [RANDOM ORDER]

Trend: Thinking about all the subjects you studied in school, which one, if any, has been the most valuable to you in your life? (open-ended)

Trend: Views on Federal Gvoerment Involvement in Education

Please indicate -- based on what you know or have read and heard -- how good an education each provides children -- excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

Is your oldest child's school doing all right financially, or is it having to make major spending cuts?

Trend: Next, how familiar are you with the No Child Left Behind Act, the federal education law passed in 2002 -- very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not familiar at all?

Trend: From what you have may have heard or read, do you think the No Child Left Behind Act has generally made the education received by public school students in the United States better, has it not made much difference, or has it made it worse?

Still thinking about your oldest child, how big of a problem is each of the following academic issues in your oldest child's school -- a major problem, a minor problem, or not a problem? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

[ASKED OF K-12 PARENTS]

2011 Aug 11-14
(sorted by "major problem")

Major
problem

Minor
problem

Not a
problem

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

Not enough emphasis on math and science

24

19

54

4

Not enough emphasis on reading and writing

22

21

54

3

Not enough emphasis on foreign language instruction

17

29

51

3

Not enough emphasis on physical education

16

20

61

2

Not enough emphasis on arts and music

13

34

51

2


What action would you like to see Congress take on the No Child Left Behind education law -- [ROTATED: eliminate the No Child Left Behind law, keep the law but with major revisions, keep the No Child Left Behind law basically as it is], or don't you know enough to say?

Eliminate
law

Keep, with
major revisions

Keep
basically as is

Don't know
enough to say

No
answer

%

%

%

%

%

2011 Jan 14-16

16

41

21

21

1

Would you say that public education today in grades K through 12 is better, about the same, or worse than when you were a student?

Better

About the
same

Worse

No opinion

%

%

%

%

National adults

2010 Aug 5-8

21

21

54

3

2000 Apr 7-9

28

15

54

3

K-12 parents

2010 Aug 5-8

27

22

48

4

2000 Apr 7-9

33

12

52

3


Just your opinion, what would be the best way to improve kindergarten through 12th grade education in the U.S. today? [OPEN-ENDED]

2009
Aug 6-9

2004
Aug 9-11

%

%

Quality teachers/better educated/more involvement/caring

17

15

Back to the basic curriculum (reading, writing, arithmetic)

10

10

Improve school funding

6

7

Reduce number of children in classroom

6

11

Better pay for the teachers

6

6

Teach more about real life/how to survive

5

2

More parental involvement

5

6

Improve standards for testing

4

2

Better discipline in schools

4

5

Hire more teachers

4

5

Get rid of/Abolish teachers' unions or the NEA

3

1

Stop the government from running schools/
Get rid of No Child Left Behind

3

2

School vouchers

2

2

More resources in the schools for teaching

2

1

Spend more time/hours in school

2

1

Put God back in school

1

1

More schools/Improved schools

1

2

Year-round schooling

1

1

Better security/Safer schools

*

1

Other

2

7

None

4

2

No opinion

11

10

Just your opinion, what would be the best way to improve the education your oldest child receives at his or her school? [OPEN-ENDED]


[ASKED OF K-12 PARENTS]

2007 Aug 13-16

%

Reduce number of children per classroom

13

Quality teachers/better educated/more involved/caring

11

More teacher involvement/caring

9

Back to the basic curriculum/three R's

7

Improve school funding

6

Better pay for teachers

5

More parental involvement

5

More resources in the schools for teaching

4

Improve standards for testing

3

Hire more teachers

3

Teach more about real life/how to survive

2

Better discipline in schools

2

Better security/safer schools

2

Stop the government from running the schools/Get rid of "No Child Left Behind"

1

Spend more time/hours in school

1

Year-round schooling

1

School vouchers

1

Get rid of teachers' unions/Abolish the NEA

1

Other

8

Nothing

7

No opinion

8

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12) Generally speaking, would you describe the lunches served in the school that your oldest child attends as -- very nutritious, somewhat nutritious, not that nutritious, or not nutritious at all?

Very
nutritious

Somewhat
nutritious

Not that
nutritious

Not
nutritious
at all

No
opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

21%

42

17

10

11

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12) Thinking about the amount of foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain breads offered in your child's school, do you think the school is offering enough of these kinds of food, or should it offer more?

Offering enough

Should offer more

No opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

27%

66

8

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12) Do you think your child's school is offering too many foods that should not be served to children, or not?

Yes, too many

No, not

No opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

43%

48

8

(Asked of those who are parents of children in grades K-12) How much do you think school lunches are to blame for the problem of childhood obesity -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2007 Aug 3-5

9%

22

37

30

2

Now thinking about the school your oldest child attends, do you think there is too much emphasis, the right amount, or too little emphasis on [RANDOM ORDER]?

[ASKED OF K-12 PARENTS]

2005 Aug 8-11
(sorted by "too much")

Too
much
emphasis

Right
amount

Too
little
emphasis

Not
applicable
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

Sports

18

57

20

4

1

Preparing for standardized tests

18

52

24

3

3

Reading and English

5

66

28

*

1

Art and music

5

61

32

1

1

Sciences

5

60

31

2

2

Physical education

4

58

35

1

2

Foreign languages

4

42

46

6

2

Health

3

60

33

2

2

Composition or writing

3

60

35

*

2

Math

2

65

31

1

1

History

2

60

34

2

2

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

Please tell me whether you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to allow voluntary prayer in public schools.

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

%

%

%

2005 Aug 8-11

76

23

1

2001 Aug 16-19

78

20

2

2000 Sep 11-13 ^

74

23

3

1994 Nov 28-29 †

73

25

2

1983 Jul 22-25 ‡

81

14

5

^ Based on half sample

† Wording: "Here are some other proposals the Republicans in Congress have made. For each one, please tell me whether you favor or oppose it. How about … a Constitutional amendment to allow voluntary school prayer in public schools."

‡ Based on 1,285 national adults who have heard or read about the proposal for a Constitutional amendment to allow voluntary school prayer in public schools.

If you had a choice, which would you prefer in the local public schools -- [ROTATED: spoken prayer, (or) a moment of silence for contemplation or silent prayer]?

Spoken
prayer

Moment of
silence/
silent
prayer

Neither
(vol.)

Both
(vol.)

No
opinion

2005 Aug 8-11

23%

69

5

3

*

1995 May 1-30 ^

24%

70

3

2

1

^ Gallup/PDK survey

* Less than 0.5%

(vol.) = Volunteered response

On a different subject, do you think each of the following explanations about the origin and development of life on earth should or should not be taught in public school science classes, or are you unsure? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

2005 Aug 8-11
(sorted by "yes, should")

Yes,
should

No,
should not


Unsure


No answer

Evolution

61%

20

19

*

Creationism

54%

22

23

1

Intelligent design

43%

21

35

1

* Less than 0.5%

How familiar are you the practice of granting tenure to public school teachers -- very familiar, somewhat familiar, not too familiar, or not familiar at all?

Very
familiar

Some-
what
familiar

Not too
familiar

Not
familiar
at all

No
opinion

2005 Aug 8-11

18%

32

19

30

1

Based on what you have heard or read, do you favor or oppose tenure laws for public school teachers?

Favor

Oppose

Unsure

No opinion

2005 Aug 8-11

19%

22

58

1

Thinking about the presence that religion currently has in public schools in this country, do you think religion has -- [ROTATED: too much of a presence in public schools, about the right amount, (or) too little of a presence in public schools]?

Too much
of a
presence

About the
right
amount

Too little
of a
presence

No
opinion

2005 Aug 8-11

11%

27

60

2

2001 Feb 9-11 ^

7%

28

63

2

^ Asked of a half sample

Now thinking specifically about the school that your youngest school-aged child will attend, which of the following applies -- it has a fully licensed nurse on site, it has a nurse's aide or other health care professional with more limited medical training on site, it has neither, or are you unsure?

BASED ON PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Fully
licensed
nurse

Nurse's
aide or
other
professional

Neither

Unsure

No
opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

36%

28

13

21

2

How important is it to you, personally, that this school has a fully licensed nurse on site -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important, or not important?

BASED ON PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Extremely
important

Very
important

Some-
what
important

Not
important

No
opinion

2005 Jul 22-24

35%

30

22

13

*

* Less than 0.5%

In all, how many children do you have that will be attending kindergarten through grade 12 this year?

[BASED ON 291 K-12 PARENTS]

2004 Aug 9-11

2001 Aug 16-19

%

%

1

46

44

2

33

38

3

13

10

4

3

5

5 or more

4

3

No opinion

1

*

Mean

1.9

1.9

Median

2

2

Thinking now more broadly about all your school aged children, do you have any children who will be attending -- [RANDOM ORDER] this year? How about -- [INSERT NEXT ITEM]?

[BASED ON 291 K-12 PARENTS]

A. A public school

Yes

No

No opinion

2004 Aug 9-11

87%

13

--

2001 Aug 16-19

93%

7

--

B. A parochial, or church-related school

Yes

No

No opinion

2004 Aug 9-11

8%

92

--

2001 Aug 16-19

9%

91

--

C. An independent private school

Yes

No

No opinion

2004 Aug 9-11

11%

89

--

2001 Aug 16-19

7%

93

--

D. Home school, meaning not enrolled in a formal school, but taught at home

Yes

No

No opinion

2004 Aug 9-11

3%

97

--

2001 Aug 16-19

2%

98

--

How closely have you followed the news about school vouchers -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not at all

No
opinion

2004 Aug 9-11

12

32

29

26

1

2002 Aug 5-8

14%

35

26

24

1

From what you know or have heard, do you favor or oppose school vouchers, or do you not know enough to say?

Favor

Oppose

Unsure

No answer

2004 Aug 9-11

22%

16

62

*

2002 Aug 5-8 ^

29%

15

56

*

* Less than 0.5%

^ Asked of a half sample

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