AK Education Summit 2008 Survey Questionnaire
1. Please indicate the area of Alaska in which you live:
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Rural off road system
21.7%634
Rural on road system
17.6%515
Urban
60.7%1776
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2. Please tell a little about yourself (choose one):
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Parent
27.0%785
Student
4.3%124
Policy maker / elected official
2.9%85
Business
4.4%127
Early Childhood Educator
3.9%112
K-12 Educator
54.6%1587
Post-Secondary Educator
3.0%88
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3. Please indicate whether you currently have children in school.
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes, I have children in public school at present.
41.9%1225
No, I do not have children in public school at present.
58.1%1697
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4. Please rate your satisfaction with the following in relation to our state, Alaska.
 1 (Highest)234 (Lowest)Response
Count
Schools in your community29.3% (826)52.2% (1475)14.9% (421)3.6% (101)2823
Schools statewide6.0% (163)55.0% (1494)35.4% (961)3.6% (98)2716
Early childhood options12.2% (331)38.8% (1055)33.3% (904)15.7% (428)2718
Post secondary options and programs13.5% (373)49.0% (1359)30.1% (835)7.4% (205)2772
Schools as safe learning places26.9% (757)55.2% (1552)15.0% (422)2.9% (83)2814
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5. How rigorous are Alaska standards and expectations for students in K-12 schools in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics, toward building success in post-secondary endeavors?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
The standards are too rigorous.
5.8%161
The standards are about right.
52.1%1437
The standards need to be slightly more challenging.
29.0%800
The standards need to be significantly more challenging.
13.1%360
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6. I receive good information about the performance of schools in Alaska and my community.
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Strongly disagree
8.5%235
Disagree
17.9%496
Agree
55.9%1550
Strongly agree
17.7%491
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7. What are the three greatest strengths of education in Alaska?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Financial support / funding / money
27.9%749
Student behavior / discipline
14.0%376
School facilities
43.0%1154
Class size relative to the number of teachers
31.5%846
Academic standards and instruction
38.9%1045
Programs to prepare K-12 students for work, college, and life
18.2%489
Post-Secondary options
12.7%342
Student success as measured by graduation rates
4.5%122
Use of technology to enhance learning
47.7%1282
Connections between early childhood, K-12 schools, and post-secondary
11.0%296
view commentOther (please specify)
16.5%443
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8. What are the three greatest challenges for education in Alaska?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Financial support / funding / money
51.2%1388
Student behavior / discipline
37.8%1024
School facilities
15.2%412
Class size relative to the number of teachers
36.6%991
Academic standards and instruction
22.7%616
Programs to prepare K-12 students for work, college, and life
34.6%939
Post-Secondary options
16.0%433
Student success as measured by graduation rates
25.4%689
Use of technology to enhance learning
11.8%320
Connections between early childhood, K-12 schools, and post-secondary
25.5%691
view commentOther (please specify)
14.0%380
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9. Which three of the following would most improve the high school graduation rate in Alaska?
 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Early childhood education programs
28.6%773
Career and technical education programs
30.4%823
Traditional vocational education programs and classes
23.9%646
Career and technical educational programs strongly tied to academic programs
36.1%975
Apprenticeship programs in K-12 schools
24.2%654
Rigorous academic programs based on world class standards for all students
15.1%407
Post-secondary education scholarship programs
6.5%177
School choice
6.8%185
Drug, alcohol, and tobacco prevention programs for students
11.6%314
Violence prevention programs
5.1%139
Programs to impact teacher quality
18.6%502
Virtual Schools
4.0%109
Boarding schools and educational opportunities
5.4%146
School partnerships with community agencies and business
13.2%356
Parental support and education programs
44.6%1207
Post-secondary scholarship programs for all K-12 graduates
6.7%180
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13.0%352
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10. What is your greatest hope for Alaska high school graduates?
 Response
Count
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11. What do you like the most about education in Alaska?
 Response
Count
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12. What is something you would change about education in Alaska?
 Response
Count
view comment2103
 answered question2103
 
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850
13. What do you want to tell us about education in Alaska?
 Response
Count
view comment1740
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