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Eric.ed.gov – The Insiders: How Principals and Superintendents See Public Education Today. Reality Check 2006. Issue No. 4

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This is the fourth in a series of reports from Reality Check 2006, an ongoing set of tracking surveys on education issues. Reality Check surveys attitudes among public school parents, students, teachers, principals and superintendents on a regular basis. In surveys on education, it is not uncommon for the public, parents and teachers to see serious problems in schools nationwide, but still view local schools as reasonably good. This may partly explain why local school leaders are so upbeat. Perhaps some are reticent about criticizing their own districts when a research organization contacts them. Still, given the high-octane attention the math and science issue has attracted from everyone, from Bill Gates to Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, it is surprising so few principals and superintendents are concerned about how their districts measure up. Local School Leaders face new demands and challenges from many quarters. They hear calls to raise academic standards, pump up accountability, close achievement gaps, beef up the math and science curriculum, make sure their districts meet federal No Child Left Behind and special education requirements, and more. These “Reality Check” surveys of 252 public school principals and 254 public school superintendents are intended to capture their priorities and concerns as they see them. The findings in “Reality Check 2006: The Insiders” are based on telephone interviews with a national random sample of: (1) 254 school district superintendents and 252 school principals; (2) 721 public school teachers; and (3) 1,379 parents of children now in public school. The Five Findings of this survey are discussed in this report. Responses from public school principals and superintendents are also included. [Funding for this report was provided by the Wallace Foundation.]

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