“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 Purpose – Explore opinions and perceptions of Career and Technical Education in Alabama Current survey is being conducted through our great partnership with CTECS This is an online survey to measure Alabamian’s opinions about CTE Survey FACTS and PURPOSE This survey is open for responses until February 28, 2014 Links to the survey All State Residents – General https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFPYY27 Student, Parents, and Educators https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMPPNVL To have success with this type of project you must rely on partnerships – “No Silos Allowed” Our Partners 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? Opinions of Public Education Beliefs about College Knowledge of Career Tech programs Opinions of CTE 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 - 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) 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 Follow-up to 2008 telephone survey Designed and developed by CTECS Survey closes February 28, 2014; current results are unofficial and preliminary Intended to measure opinions of CTE from perspective of parents, students, teachers, and residents Intended to provide better service to students, parents, and local communities statewide How is CTE perceived in Alabama? How the survey was set up Sample group Based on previous survey using registered Republicans and Democrats in Alabama Minimum response rate of 500 (so far, 686 responses) Survey groups Students Teachers/administrators Parents Industry/advisory groups So far, 587 responses Media Coverage – Evening News Media Coverage – News Websites QUESTIONS? BRAINSTORMING!