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Parental Involvement Survey Topline

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The 2011 Parent Involvement Survey obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 846 parents of children in public school. The survey was developed by Public Agenda in collaboration with the Center for Strategic Research & Communication and Communicating for Social Change. The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research International, and interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source, LLC from May 31 to July 3, 2011.

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Please note that the confidence interval for these two comparison groups is +/- 9 points. Differences between these groups must have an absolute value of nine percentage points to be statistically significant.


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Low involvement, low knowledgeHigh involvement, high knowledgeTotal
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n = 256n = 226n = 846
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Q7. In general, when it comes to education, do you think the United States is getting ahead of the rest of the world, just keeping up, or is it falling behind the rest of the world? (trend)
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Getting ahead12%14%11%
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Just keeping up41%29%35%
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Falling behind43%56%50%
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[DO NOT READ] Don't know3%1%3%
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[DO NOT READ] Refused1%-1%
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Q8. Do you think the most pressing problems facing the high schools in your local community more likely come from...? (trend)
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Social problems and kids who misbehave [OR]52%47%49%
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Low academic standards and outdated curricula35%38%35%
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[DO NOT READ] Don't know12%11%12%
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[DO NOT READ] Refused2%4%4%
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Q9. When students graduate from your local high schools, would you say that most graduate with the skills to succeed in college, or do you think that most of them do not have the skills to succeed in college?
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Most graduate with the skills to succeed in college56%51%53%
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Most do not have the skills to succeed in college35%44%40%
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[DO NOT READ] Don't know7%5%6%
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[DO NOT READ] Refused2%1%1%
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Q11. How would you rate your [OLDEST/YOUNGEST] child’s school? Overall would you give it a grade of A, B, C, a D or a failing grade of F?
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A37%43%37%
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B39%38%38%
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C18%12%18%
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D4%5%4%
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F1%2%2%
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[DO NOT READ] Don't know--*
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[DO NOT READ] Refused1%-*
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Q12. How confident are you that your child’s school did a good job teaching him / her what he / she needs to know to be ready for next year?
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Very confident50%56%51%
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Somewhat confident39%33%37%
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Not very confident7%5%8%
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Not at all confident3%5%4%
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[DO NOT READ] Don't know*1%*
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[DO NOT READ] Refused1%1%1%
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Q12. How confident are you that your child’s school did a good job teaching him / her what he / she needs to know to be ready for next year?
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Help with / monitor homework / Work with child on studies29%27%26%
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Read to / with child3%2%3%
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Encourage / Support / Make education a priority (includes keeping them in school)4%1%3%
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Monitor progress / grades / Set expectations / Be 'on them'8%3%8%
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Be aware / Interested / informed / Know what's going on / Parent8%5%7%
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Talk about school with child / Ask questions about school and studies6%8%7%
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Communication with teachers / school / counselor / Parent-teacher conferences13%27%19%
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Go online for info / grades / Use edline1%-1%
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Be involved -includes sports, art, museum trips6%5%4%
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Be involved in school activities / Volunteer / Attend PTA / PTO meetings13%18%15%
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Get a tutor / Seek additional help-1%1%
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Other9%4%7%
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Don't know / Refused3%4%4%
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Q15. There are many ways for parents to be involved in their child’s education. What do you think is the best thing that you do to stay involved in your [OLDEST/YOUNGEST] child’s education?
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[Open-ended question] [SECOND response]
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Help with / monitor homework / Work with child on studies31%20%26%
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Read to / with child5%5%4%
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Encourage / Support / Make education a priority (includes keeping them in school)3%5%5%
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Monitor progress / grades / Set expectations / Be 'on them'9%9%9%
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Be aware / Interested / informed / Know what's going on / Parent6%4%6%
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Talk about school with child / Ask questions about school and studies8%4%8%
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Communication with teachers / school / counselor / Parent-teacher conferences14%21%16%
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Go online for info / grades / Use edline1%3%2%
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Be involved -includes sports, art, museum trips7%7%8%
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Be involved in school activities / Volunteer / Attend PTA / PTO meetings11%16%11%
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Get a tutor / Seek additional help1%1%1%
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Other3%5%4%
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Q15. There are many ways for parents to be involved in their child’s education. What do you think is the best thing that you do to stay involved in your [OLDEST/YOUNGEST] child’s education?
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[Open-ended question] [THIRD response]
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Help with / monitor homework / Work with child on studies17%16%16%
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Read to / with child4%3%5%
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Encourage / Support / Make education a priority (includes keeping them in school)4%-2%
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Monitor progress / grades / Set expectations / Be 'on them'7%13%10%
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Be aware / Interested / informed / Know what's going on / Parent-3%5%
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Talk about school with child / Ask questions about school and studies11%-6%
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Communication with teachers / school / counselor / Parent-teacher conferences15%22%19%
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Go online for info / grades / Use edline7%13%10%
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Be involved -includes sports, art, museum trips13%19%12%
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Be involved in school activities / Volunteer / Attend PTA / PTO meetings7%6%5%
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Get a tutor / Seek additional help2%-2%
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Other13%6%7%
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Q15. There are many ways for parents to be involved in their child’s education. What do you think is the best thing that you do to stay involved in your [OLDEST/YOUNGEST] child’s education?
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[Open-ended question] [FOURTH response]
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Help with / monitor homework / Work with child on studies-33%22%
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Encourage / Support / Make education a priority (includes keeping them in school)40%-11%
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Monitor progress / grades / Set expectations / Be 'on them'20%33%22%
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Communication with teachers / school / counselor / Parent-teacher conferences--6%
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Go online for info / grades / Use edline--*
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Be involved -includes sports, art, museum trips40%-17%
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Be involved in school activities / Volunteer / Attend PTA / PTO meetings-17%6%
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Get a tutor / Seek additional help--6%
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Other-17%11%
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Q16. Overall how would you describe your [OLDEST/YOUNGEST] child’s academic performance this year? Would you say it was excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?
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Excellent31%37%35%
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