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Education Survey Topics

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Here are the categories of questions asked in the Houston Education Survey.

  1. Assessments of local education conditions
  2. Assessments of local schools and districts
  3. Government spending
  4. Cutting educational spending
  5. Importance of a college degree
  6. Educational initiatives / policy alternatives
  7. Educational comparisons
  8. Educational disparities
  9. Personal experience with schools as a parent
  10. Personal attributes
    • Family circumstances
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Migration patterns
    • Religion and politics

Resources - Education

Table of Contents


Houston and Texas

Houston Have Your Say by Houston PBS

In the public school systems of the Greater Houston region, the dropout rate is high and there are growing concerns about quality education and funding. These are troubling issues for a metropolitan region seeking to distinguish itself as one of the best places to live and work in the 21st century global community. HoustonPBS, in partnership with the Center for Houston’s Future, Houston Community Newspapers and KUHF Houston Public Radio, presents a discussion on the future of public education.

School Zone Blog by the Houston Chronicle  

School Zone is a blog dedicated to Houston-area schools and youth issues. Reporters Jennifer Radcliffe, Cynthia Garza, Ericka Mellon and Sarah Viren post regularly on issues important to parents, educators and teens.  Few topics inspire the same level of passion as schools. Consider this blog a forum to share your opinions on anything from the cost of school breakfast (it’s free for all Houston ISD kids starting today) to teacher merit pay to why the school day starts so early.

Research and Accountability by the Houston Independent School District

Research and Accountability consists of five bureaus each with defined responsibilities: Bureau of District Data Analyses, Bureau of Program Evaluation, Bureau of State and Federal Compliance, Bureau of Operations and Data Control, and the Bureau of Performance and Accountability. 

The Texas Schools Project by the State of Texas Education Research Center (University of Texas at Dallas)

Texas Schools Project supports independent, high-quality academic research and program evaluations through the use of individual level administrative data from Texas state education agencies as well as other sources of Texas education data.  As an Education Research Center, Texas Schools Project maintains an unparalleled source of PK-16 data, allowing researchers to follow Texas students from pre-K through college.

Texas Education Agency

The mission of the Texas Education Agency is to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students.  The Texas Education Agency (TEA) comprises the commissioner of education and agency staff. The TEA and the State Board of Education (SBOE) guide and monitor activities and programs related to public education in Texas. The SBOE consists of 15 elected members representing different regions of the state. One member is appointed chair by the governor.

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

SEDL is a private, nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination (RD&D) corporation based in Austin, Texas. Improving teaching and learning has been at the heart of SEDL’s work for more than 40 years.  During recent years, we have helped states, districts, and schools meet the challenges presented by the No Child Left Behind Act using a mix of research-based professional development, strategies, and resources.


Poll on the Public Attitudes toward Public Schools by Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup

The PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools is a well-known research instrument. Conducted annually, it allows PDK members and other educators and policy makers to track public opinion about one of this nation's most important institutions, its public schools.

Education Survey by National Public Radio, Kaiser Family Foundation and the Kennedy School

A random telephone survey of 1,422 adults nationwide, the Education Survey is an ongoing project of National Public Radio, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Representatives of the three sponsors worked together to develop the survey questionnaire and to analyze the results, with NPR maintaining sole editorial control over its broadcasts on the surveys.

National Household Education Surveys (NHES)

The chief goal of the NHES is to describe Americans’ educational experiences, thereby offering policymakers, researchers, and educators a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. To monitor educational trends over time, NHES conducts repeated measurements of the same phenomena in different years. The NHES has also fielded one-time surveys on topics of interest to the Department of Education.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Assessments are conducted periodically in mathematics, reading, science, writing, the arts, civics, economics, geography, and U.S. history.  NAEP provides results on subject-matter achievement, instructional experiences, and school environment for populations of students (e.g., all fourth-graders) and groups within those populations (e.g., female students, Hispanic students).

Research Centers and Foundations

National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago: Focus on Education

Since its first days of operation, NORC has worked to improve the public's and government's understanding of issues related to education. NORC has developed several large-scale panel surveys for the U.S. Department of Education, the most well-known of which are High School and Beyond (HS&B), in addition to conducting more narrowly focused education research, such as studies of particular school districts and programs, parochial education, the experiences of minority students, and students in specialized programs.

National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER)

The National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research (CALDER) informs education policy development through analyses of data on individual students and teachers over time.  The Center’s research focuses most centrally on how teacher policies, governance policies, and social and economic community conditions affect outcomes for teachers and their students.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally.  It is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education and is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.

Pew Hispanic Center

The Pew Hispanic Center is a nonpartisan research organization that seeks to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center does not take positions on policy issues. It is a project of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan "fact tank" in Washington, DC that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

At every level of schooling educational outcomes differ between native born and immigrant Latinos and between Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups. Measuring those differences and the factors that produce them are critical to understanding the Latino future. The Center has focused attention on outcomes at the post-secondary level.

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education promotes public policies that enhance Americans' opportunities to pursue and achieve high-quality education and training beyond high school. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the National Center prepares action-oriented analyses of pressing policy issues facing the states and the nation regarding opportunity and achievement in higher education-including two- and four-year, public and private, for-profit and nonprofit institutions.

The RAND Corporation

For over three decades, RAND Education has applied its expertise to almost every aspect of the education system. RAND Education's staff includes more than 50 experts from a wide range of disciplines. Sponsors of our research include government agencies, foundations, and private-sector organizations.   The mission of RAND Education is to bring accurate data and objective analysis to education policy. We are a division within RAND, a nonprofit institute that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

American Institute for Research (AIR)

The American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, focuses on Education to help practitioners and policymakers at all levels improve teaching and learning, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged.   AIR experts play a major role in providing high-quality data used to inform policymaking and practice at the district, state, and federal level in the U.S. and in countries around the world.

The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation, nationally recognized today for its involvement in educational and cultural programs, supports and shares effective ideas and practices to improve learning and enrichment opportunities for children.  The Foundation traces its origins back a half century to the philanthropic impulses of DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Wallace is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

A collection of reports, articles and tools geared toward strengthening the performance of education leaders to improve student achievement.  Recent items include: “In Improving After-School, Management Matters, Too”, “Webinar: Reducing Summer Learning Loss”, and resources for developing school leadership accompanied by The Principal Story, A PBS documentary film.

U.S. Department of Education

The Department of Education's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.  The Department is dedicated to establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds, collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Special Initiatives

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

P21 is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the three Rs and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation).

Race to the Top Fund

The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform; implementing ambitious plans in the four education reform areas described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA); and achieving significant improvement in student outcomes, including making substantial gains in student achievement, closing achievement gaps, improving high school graduation rates, and ensuring that students are prepared for success in college and careers.

Education Nation 2011 by NBC News

Education Nation is NBC News' initiative to engage the country in a solutions-focused conversation about the state of education in America.  In September 2010, NBC News hosted the first Education Nation Summit in New York City, where parents, educators, and students met with leaders in politics, business and technology to explore the challenges and opportunities in education today.  In September 2011, NBC News will host its second annual Education Nation Summit, where we'll address the developments, challenges, and progress of the past year.

Public Education Network

Public Education Network (PEN) is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country. PEN believes an active, vocal constituency is the key to ensuring that every child, in every community, benefits from a quality public education.