Alabama CTE Citizens Survey_Crenshaw

Report
“CITIZENS’ OPINIONS”
ALABAMA CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
A Survey Project Conducted for the Alabama Department of Education
2003-2014
Alabama
State Board
of Education
Governor
Robert Bentley
President
Tracy T. Roberts
District I
Betty Peters
District II
The attached survey has been developed to measure opinions about the quality
of education currently being offered in Alabama’s K-12 public schools—
specifically Alabama’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.
Your responses to the questions discussed in this survey will help the Alabama
State Department of Education to provide better service to students, parents,
and local communities statewide.
Stephanie Bell
District III
Yvette M.
Richardson, Ed.D.
District IV
Ella B. Bell
District V
President Pro Tem
Charles E. Elliott, M.D.
District VI
Vice President
Jeff Newman
District VII
Mary Scott Hunter, J.D.
District VIII
Thomas R. Bice, Ed.D.
Secretary and
Executive Officer
To participate, respondents should be the official owner or an authorized user of
the e-mail address contacted. You may opt-out at any time.
Use the following web link to access and take this survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFPYY27
Additional Information About This State Education Survey
This survey has been commissioned by the Alabama State Department of
Education. It was designed and developed by a third party not-for-profit
educational organization, the Career and Technical Education Consortium of
States (CTECS).
CTECS is nationally recognized for its expertise in developing standards and
assessments based on valid industry expert analysis. CTECS has a 40-year
history of operating as a consortium of states, where members pool their
resources to develop competency-based resources to meet the standards of
global business and industry. CTECS has worked with 44 states since 1973
along with numerous post-secondary institutions, and federal and state
agencies.
The Alabama State Department of Education’s primary goal is to prepare
students for a lifetime of success—to be both college- and career-ready. CTE
programs are offered in schools throughout the state. These programs offer
students opportunities to learn valuable career skills. Alabama CTE students
meet rigorous academic requirements to earn their high school diplomas.
Thank you for participating!
All responses for this survey must be submitted by February 21, 2014.
After all information has been collected, the final results of this survey will be
available on the Alabama State Department of Education Web site
(www.alsde.edu) starting on March 1, 2014.
If you need any additional information about this statewide survey project,
please contact Alabama State Department of Education Information Specialist
Ed Crenshaw at 334-353-5220.
Project FACTS and PURPOSE
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Purpose – Explore opinions and
perceptions of Career and Technical
Education in Alabama
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Current survey is being conducted
through our great partnership with
CTECS
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This is an online survey to measure
Alabamian’s opinions about CTE
Survey FACTS and PURPOSE
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This survey is open for responses until
February 28, 2014
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Links to the survey
 All
State Residents – General
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFPYY27
 Student,
Parents, and Educators
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMPPNVL
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To have success with this type of project you must rely on partnerships –
“No Silos Allowed”
Our Partners
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The State Republican Party
The State Democratic Party
State PTA/PTO
State Chamber Association
State Retailers’ Association
Emails to all Alabama Teachers,
Superintendents, and School Principals
Statewide Media (print, television, and radio)
Alabama Postsecondary Education
Statewide Business and Industry Councils
CTECS
Who Participated in the Original
Surveys?
“A random
sample of 500
registered
Alabama
voters”
*Administered using traditional telephone-based surveys
Measured DEMOGRAPHICS
• Gender
• Age
• Residence
• Education
• Income
• Race
• Child/Grandchild in Public School
Comparing Data: 2003, 2005 & 2008
• Equivalent “Citizen’s
Opinions” survey were
conducted for the ALSDE
in 2003 and 2005
• The 2003 and 2005 surveys
used exactly the same
questionnaires
• For comparison purposes,
2003 and 2005 survey
results were also reported
in the 2008 survey.
What was EXAMINED?
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Opinions of Public Education
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Beliefs about College

Knowledge of Career Tech programs
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Opinions of CTE
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Awareness of 21st Century Learning
Survey FINDINGS
“About 1-in-3 rated the quality of public
education in Alabama as excellent.”
“Overall, Alabamians’ opinions about the
quality of public education was slightly more
positive in 2008 than in 2005.”
Survey FINDINGS
Respondents
that said a
“traditional
four-year
college
degree” is
necessary
for a
successful
career.
60%
2008
2005
57%
2003
60%
Survey FINDINGS
Respondents
that said it
is “very
important”
for their
children to
attend
college.
75%
2008
2005
71%
2003
70%
Survey FINDINGS
Respondents that said it was “very important” for Alabama’s public
schools to offer Career and Technical Education programs.
76.0%
74%
74.0%
72.0%
70.0%
68%
68.0%
66.0%
64.0%
62.0%
60.0%
58.0%
64%
2003
2005
2008
Survey FINDINGS
Relationship with Local Businesses
How “very important” is it for CTE educators
to work with local businesses?
2008
2005
2003
76%
Very
Important
78%
73%
70.0%
71.0%
72.0%
73.0%
74.0%
75.0%
76.0%
77.0%
78.0%
79.0%
Survey FINDINGS
Respondent Opinions
How important is it for the public schools to offer CTE?
90%
2003
80%
80%
77%
75%
71%
70%
2008
73%
71%
71%
70%
67%
70%
61%
63%
61%
60%
56%
50%
40%
78%
73%
73%
71%
66%
30%
60%
60%
20%
10%
0%
Male
Female
18-40 years
41-60 years
2005
61+ years
White
Black
Survey FINDINGS
st
21
Incorporating
Century Skills
into the curriculum is something
that voters believed schools can
and should do.
“Times have changed since 2008”
- And so have surveying methods too -
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The average person spent approximately 423 minutes
on Facebook in 2011
(Olmstead, The State of the News Media 2012 – An Annual Report on American Journalism)
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According to a 2008 survey by the Pew Internet and
American Life Project, the share of adult Internet users
who have a profile on social networks quadrupled
from 8 percent in 2005 to 35 percent in 2008
According to
“Diffusion of Technology: Frequency
of use for Younger and Older
Adults,” an article written by
Katherine Olson, Marita O’Brien,
Wendy Rogers, and Neil Charness
more than 40 percent of
younger adults reported using
the Internet more than 15
hours per week.
Alabama Technology Statistics
• AL - 4,822,023 population (2012 Est.) - Size Area:
52,423 square miles
• State Capital City: Montgomery - population 205,293
(2012)
• 3,092,273 internet users as of June 2010, 65.0% of
the population
• 1,599,260 Facebook users on August 2010
• 2,164,740 Facebook users on March 2011
Source: http://www.internetworldstats.com/unitedstates.htm
Citizens’ Opinions of
CTE in Alabama 2014
Preliminary Results from an Online Survey
Why the survey was
conducted
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Follow-up to 2008 telephone survey
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Designed and developed by CTECS
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Survey closes February 28, 2014; current results are
unofficial and preliminary
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Intended to measure opinions of CTE from perspective of
parents, students, teachers, and residents
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Intended to provide better service to students, parents, and
local communities statewide
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How is CTE perceived in Alabama?
How the survey was set up
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Sample group
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Based on previous survey using registered Republicans and
Democrats in Alabama
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Minimum response rate of 500 (so far, 686 responses)
Survey groups
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Students
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Teachers/administrators
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Parents
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Industry/advisory groups
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So far, 587 responses
Media Coverage – Evening News
Media Coverage – News Websites
QUESTIONS?
BRAINSTORMING!

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