NCES 2006-005October 2005

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 Table 24. Public opinion on selected education topics: Selected years, 1997 to 2004

 ```_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ | Percent distribution |__________________________________________________________________________ Question | National totals | No children in schoo| Public school parents |________________________|___________________ ____|________________________ |1997|2000|2001|2002|2004|1997|2000|2001|2002|2004|1997|2000|2001|2002|2004 __________________________________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____ 1 | 2| 3| 4| 5| 6| 7| 8| 9| 10| 11| 12| 13| 14| 15| 16 __________________________________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In your opinion, is there too | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | much emphasis on achievement | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | testing in the public schools | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | in this community, not enough | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | emphasis on testing, or about | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | the right amount? | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Percent responding .............| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100 Too much emphasis ..............| 20| 30| 31| 31| 32| 20| 28| 29| 30| 30| 19| 34| 36| 32| 36 Not enough emphasis ............| 28| 23| 22| 19| 22| 28| 26| 22| 20| 23| 26| 19| 20| 14| 20 Just the right amount of | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | emphasis ....................| 48| 43| 44| 47| 40| 46| 41| 45| 46| 46| 54| 46| 43| 54| 43 Don't know .....................| 4| 4| 3| 3| 6| 6| 5| 4| 4| 4| 1| 1| 1| # | 1 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A proposal has been made that | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | would allow parents to send | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | their school-age children to | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | any public, private, or church-| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | related school they choose. | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | For those parents choosing non-| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | public schools, the government | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | would pay all or part of the | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | tuition. Would you favor or | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | oppose this proposal in your | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | state? | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Percent responding .............| 100| 100| 100| 100| 100|--- |--- |--- | 100|--- | 100| 100| 100| 100|--- Favor ..........................| 49| 45| 44| 46| 42|--- |--- |--- | 51|--- | 55| 47| 52| 51|--- Oppose .........................| 48| 52| 54| 52| 54|--- |--- |--- | 47|--- | 43| 51| 47| 46|--- Don't know .....................| 3| 3| 2| 2| 4|--- |--- |--- | 2|--- | 2| 2| 1| 3|--- __________________________________|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____```
 ---Not available. #Rounds to zero. NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. SOURCE: Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Kappan, "The Annual Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools," 2004. (This table was prepared March 2005.)

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