Author(s): Paul DiPerna
The “Schooling in America Survey” is an annual project, commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc. (BRI). The purpose of the project is to measure public opinion – and in some cases awareness or knowledge – on a range of K-12 education topics and reforms. We report response levels, differences, and intensities for the country, four major regions, and demographic groups. We also track response changes over time when possible.
At the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year, we observe and describe Americans’ views on a range of subjects often reported in the local news and discussed and debated by way of social media. Our annual snapshots consider the perceived direction of American K-12 education; the federal government’s performance in K-12 education; education spending; grades and preferences for different types of schools; school choice topics addressing charter schools, vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax-credit scholarships.
This year we also asked two sets of questions with a special focus on standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards.
A total of 1,007 telephone interviews were completed from April 23 to May 4, 2014, by means of both landline and cell phone. A randomly selected and statistically representative national sample of American adults responded to more than 25 substantive items in live phone interviews. Statistical results have been weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the national sample is ± 3.1 percentage points.