Which of these is the MOST important issue facing Idaho today in your view? Is it:
Which comes closest to your view about Idaho’s public school system?
|7||It’s in very good shape and needs little change|
|69||It’s OK but it could be a lot better with some changes|
|20||There’s so much wrong with it that a complete overhaul is necessary|
In your view, which level of government should take the MOST responsibility for improving Idaho’s public school system? Should it be:
|32||Individual school districts|
|35||Idaho’s Department of Education|
|23||The Idaho Legislature|
|7||The governor’s office|
Which comes closer to your view? If Idaho spent more money on its public schools:
|47||The money would actually get to the classrooms and improve education|
|49||The money would actually get lost along the way|
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement: It is our fundamental responsibility as a society to provide a free, high-quality education to all children regardless of their families’ background or economic status.
Are you the parent or guardian of any children under 18 years old?
Thinking about your oldest child who is under 18, which of these do you think would be best for this child after he or she finishes high school?
|60||To go to a 4-year college|
|13||To go to a community college|
|16||To go to a trade school|
|5||To get a job|
[Q15 comes before Q14]
If you were asked for advice by a family that wanted top-notch public schools for their children, would you encourage them to move to your school district, or would you tell them they might be better off looking elsewhere?
|53||Encourage them to move to district|
|38||Tell them might be better off looking elsewhere|
Students are often given the grades A, B, C, D, and Fail to denote the quality of their work. Suppose the public schools themselves were graded in the same way. What grade would you give the public schools in your community?
Here are some things the public schools in your community could teach students. Please tell me if each is absolutely essential, important but not essential, or not too important for the public schools in your community to teach students.
Advanced science and math like physics and calculus
|40||Important but not essential|
|5||Not too important|
Basic reading, writing, and math
|3||Important but not essential|
|–||Not too important|
Basic science like biology
|21||Important but not essential|
|3||Not too important|
Computers and technology
|19||Important but not essential|
|2||Not too important|
|19||Important but not essential|
|4||Not too important|
Farming, agriculture, and forestry
|52||Important but not essential|
|12||Not too important|
Literature, music, and art
|41||Important but not essential|
|6||Not too important|
Practical job skills for office or industry
|36||Important but not essential|
|5||Not too important|
Sports and physical education
|49||Important but not essential|
|10||Not too important|
U.S. history and civics
|26||Important but not essential|
|2||Not too important|
Do you think that the public schools in your community should mostly focus on teaching students academic subjects, or do you think it’s just as important for them to teach the value of such things as hard work, persistence, and responsibility?
|22||Mostly focus on academic subjects|
|75||Just as important to teach the value of hard work, persistence, and responsibility|
Do you think that student achievement is virtually all determined by student effort and what happens at home, or do you think that good teachers and good schools make a big difference too?
|14||Virtually all determined by student effort and what happens at home|
|82||Good teachers and good schools make a big difference too|
Do you think that Idaho’s public schools should:
|66||Teach to the same academic standards as the rest of the country because students need the same basic knowledge wherever they are|
|31||Teach to the state’s own academic standards because what Idaho’s students need to learn is different from the rest of the U.S.|
Many factors can be used to evaluate the performance of Idaho’s public schools. Do you think that using students’ standardized test scores as ONE of those factors is:
|48||Generally a good idea|
|48||Generally a bad idea|
Many factors can be used to evaluate the performance of teachers. Do you think that using students’ standardized test scores as ONE of those factors is:
|38||Generally a good idea|
|58||Generally a bad idea|
Some suggest that the best way to measure teacher effectiveness is to assess students’ skills and knowledge when they first come to a teacher and to measure them again when students leave to see what progress was made. Do you think this is:
|83||Generally a good idea|
|15||Generally a bad idea|
As you may know, Idaho has adopted the I-SAT, the Idaho Standards Achievement Test. The test satisfies the federal government’s requirement that all students be tested in math and reading each year in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. How much do you support or oppose the I-SAT?
When it comes to each of the following, do you think Idaho should expand, reduce, or leave things as they are?
High school internships and work experience
|16||Leave as is|
|34||Leave as is|
|37||Leave as is|
Vocational education classes
|21||Leave as is|
School districts in wealthier communities can generally offer better academic programs and higher teacher salaries than districts in poorer communities. Which comes closer to your view:
|20||Inequalities in school funding are an unavoidable part of life|
|75||It is Idaho’s responsibility to make up the difference so that poorer districts can compete with wealthier ones|
I’m going to read you a list of proposals for helping students in poorer school districts and ask if you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of that proposal.
Create after-school programs to help struggling students catch up academically
Create pre-school programs for at-risk children so that they enter school ready to learn
Create tax-funded vouchers that special-needs and low-income families can use to pay for private schools, religious schools, or learning programs
Encourage small districts to pool their resources and share costs so they can improve the programs they offer students
Encourage successful charter schools to replicate in communities whose public schools are failing
Offer financial incentives to encourage top-notch teachers to teach in schools that serve at-risk students
As far as you know, is there a charter school in your area, or not?
|68||Yes, charter school in area|
Base: Yes, charter school in area
Which do you think generally offers a better education in your area? Is it:
|54||The charter schools|
|26||The regular public schools|
How much do you know about charter schools – a great deal, quite a bit, only some, very little, or nothing at all?
|8||A great deal|
|26||Quite a bit|
|8||Nothing at all|
Charter schools are public schools that have a lot more control over their own budget, staff, and curriculum, and are free from many existing regulations. In general, how much do you favor or oppose charter schools?
Here are three ways charter schools are different from regular public schools. Please tell me which is the MOST appealing to you.
|17||Charter schools have more control over their budgets|
|61||Charter schools can specialize in teaching students who have specific interests and talents|
|17||Charter schools can hire and fire staff more easily|
|2||None are appealing|
Have any of your children ever attended a:
|11||Private non-religious school|
|16||Private religious school|
|73||Regular public school|
If money were not an issue and you could choose from all of the following options, would you prefer that your child attend a:
|20||Private non-religious school|
|23||Private religious school|
|35||Regular public school|
Now I have just a few questions for statistical purposes.
What is the highest level of school you have completed?
|4||Less than high school|
|17||High school graduate|
|29||Some college or trade school, no degree|
|13||Associate’s degree/2-year degree|
|24||Bachelor’s degree/4-year degree|
Are you a recent transplant to Idaho, meaning in Idaho less than 10 years, have you lived in Idaho for many years, or are you a native Idahoan?
|11||Recent transplant, meaning in Idaho less than 10 years|
|42||Lived in Idaho for many years|
If you had to generalize about the economic well-being of the families in your area, would you say the families TEND TO BE mostly affluent, mostly middle class, or mostly poor?
|72||Mostly middle class|
To ensure we include a representative sample, I need your age, so please stop me when I read your age category.
|13||18 to 24|
|18||25 to 34|
|17||35 to 44|
|19||45 to 54|
|16||55 to 64|
|10||65 to 74|
|7||75 or older|
And are you of Hispanic or Latino origin?
Do you consider yourself to be:
|4||Native American or Pacific Islander|
|1||Black or African American|
I’m going to read some ranges of annual household income. Please stop me when I read the one that best describes your TOTAL household income in 2015.
|20||$25,000 to less than $45,000|
|29||$45,000 to less than $75,000|
|17||$75,000 to less than $100,000|
|17||$100,000 or more|
Would you say the area you live in is:
|36||A small town|
|22||Urban or city|
GENDER [Interviewer Record]