educatio cc survey

Online Survey

 Welcome! And thank you for participating in the Community Conversation on the future of education in our state.You are taking part in a statewide dialogue involving thousands of people interested in improving the prospects of success for today’s students – from pre-schoolers to high school seniors, or anywhere in between.

It is an urgent time for you to be heard on these crucial education issues. High-quality education is the basic foundation of a good life.  But there are signs that foundation is cracking. Research shows that many students across Michigan have a long way to go if they are going to keep up with their peers across the country and around the world. And, from the state capitol to your local school board meetings, there is intense and growing debate about how best to develop and retain top educators, how and what to teach students, how to measure student success, how much to spend on public education, and how to operate our schools.

In other words, it is a very important time for YOU to speak your mind and be heard.

Before we get started, you may find it helpful to download and review this Education Issue Guide. We will be referring to it throughout the survery.

 

 
1.

What letter grade do you give the statewide public education system (preschool thru 12th grade)?

 

A
B
C
D
E
2.

What letter grade do you give your local public Pre-K-12 education system?

 

A
B
C
D
E
3.

Why did you grade the way you did? If you did not give an “A” grade, what are your biggest concerns? What are your suggestions for improvement? 

 

 

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The quality of teachers and principals is generally viewed as one key factor in reaching high student achievement. Michigan is currently debating numerous approaches to develop and retain high-quality educators. We’d like to share information with you on three approaches either now underway or under consideration in Michigan. Please refer to pages 6, 7, 8 and 9 of your issue guide for more background on these issues.

 

 

 

 
4.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it improve teacher preparation for entry into education professions? Please refer to page 7 of your issue guide.

 

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
5.

Next, what do you think about providing stronger support for educators? This is outlined on page 8 of your issue guide.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to hold provide stronger support for educators?

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
6.

Next, we'd like your thoughts on the concept of holding educators more accountable. This is outlined on page 9 of your issue guide.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to hold educators more accountable?

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
7.

Why did you vote the way you did? What are YOUR thoughts and ideas for developing and retaining the best educators?

 

 

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Next we’d like to hear your thinking on five other prominent approaches to improving student learning.

Those options are detailed in the Issue Guide. Please refer to your issue guide for more information on each topic and add any additional impressions or ideas you may have.

 

 

 
8.

What are YOUR impressions on these five ideas to improve student learning? (Please refer to your Issue Guide)

1)    Expand Early Childhood & Pre-School (page 10)
2)    Change the School Calendar (page 11)
3)    Reduce Class Sizes (page 12)
4)    Increase School Choice (page 13)
5)    Expand Online Learning (page 14)

 

 

 

 

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9.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to expand early childhood and preschool programs?  (Page 10 of the Issue Guide)

 

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
10.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to change the school calendar? (Page 11 of the Issue Guide)

 

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
11.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to reduce class sizes? (Page 12 of the Issue Guide)  

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
12.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to increase school choice? (Page 13 of the Issue Guide)    

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
13.

In terms of improving student learning outcomes, how important is it to expand online learning? (Page 14 of the Issue Guide)

 

 

Irrelevant
Not very important
Somewhat important
Important
Crucial
14.

In your opinion, which option discussed in detail today has the highest potential to improve student learning?

 

Improving teacher preparation
Provide stronger support for educators
Hold educators more accountable
Expand early childhood & pre-school
Change the school calendar
Reduce class size
Increase school choice
Expand online learning

We’ve shared a lot of information about classroom issues today, but student success also is influenced by the involvement of families and the larger community. Some schools across the country are experimenting with intensified involvement of families, community groups and business groups in schools.

YOUR OWN ADDITIONAL IDEAS for improving student learning beyond what we have discussed so far are also very important.

 

 

 

 
15.

Is there anything more schools should do to encourage greater family involvement to improve student success?

 

 

Yes
No
16.

Is there anything more community and/or business groups should do to improve student success? 

 

Yes
No
17.

These are big, open-ended questions. Please elaborate on your votes about family, community and business involvement in student success. And, please share any additional ideas you have to improve student learning beyond what we’ve discussed so far.  

HOW should schools encourage greater family involvement?

HOW should community/business groups be more involved in student success? 

What are YOUR additional ideas for improving student learning?

 

 

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OK, we have one more big topic: What about money? Money is a crucial issue when considering any change to education.

We want to understand your impressions about WHAT Michigan spends on public education and HOW we spend that money.

To help this discussion, please turn to pages 16 and 17 of your issue guide.  A few key points:

1) Michigan spends nearly twenty billion dollars a year in state and local taxes on education.

2) That makes education the state’s top public investment priority. It’s more than four out of every ten dollars in public spending.

3) Yet Michigan’s education investment has gone down by about a billion dollars per year since 2003.

4) The charts and figures on page 17 show more details on how we spend those education funds.

 

 

 
18.

Do you feel that the current Michigan public preK-12 education system offers taxpayers a good return on investment of their tax dollars?

 

Strongly agree
Agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Disagree
Strongly disagree
19.

Does Michigan need to spend more money to improve student success?

 

Yes
No
20.

Could we spend DIFFERENTLY and improve student success?
If so, HOW?  

 

 

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 It is important for us to gather some basic and anonymous demographic information. We strive to assure that Community Conversations are fully representative of the Michigan public. You can help a great deal in this regard by answering the following anonymous questions. We know that some of you may fit more than one category for these questions, but we ask that you select the one that best describes you.

 

 
21.

Which best describes you?

 

Student
Parent
Educator (teacher, principal, administrator, other)
Employer
Member of the work force (private sector, public sector, nonprofit, health care, manufacturing/trades, business, all other workers)
Retiree
22.

Looking at the map on the screen, please click on the number for the region where you live.

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1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
23.

What is your age?

 

16-24
25-34
35-44
45-54
55-64
65+
24.

What is your gender?

 

Female
Male
25.

What is your race?

 

African-American
American Indian
Asian
Caucasian/White
Hispanic
Multi-racial/Other
26.

What is your household size?

 

1 person
2 people
3 people
4 people
5 people
6 people
7 people
8 or more people
27.

What is your household income?

 

Under $10,000
$10,001 - $20,000
$20,001 - $30,000
$30,001 - $40,000
$40,001 - $50,000
$50,001 - $60,000
$60,001 - $80,000
$80,001 - $100,000
More than $100,000
28.

OK, thank you for your participation. Now, let’s end on a high note. Are their particular examples of student learning success you can share from your own community?

What’s going on in your community? What success stories do you have to share?

 

 

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