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Last modified: Monday, January 5, 2009

Media Advisory: K-12 public opinion survey results to be presented Jan. 7

Sixth annual statewide poll

Jan. 5, 2009

EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Terry Spradlin, associate director for education policy of Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, will present findings from the 2008 Public Opinion Survey on K-12 Education in Indiana to the State Board of Education. Spradlin will be available to speak with reporters after the presentation.

What: The 2008 Public Opinion Survey on K-12 Education in Indiana

Who: Survey co-author Terry Spradlin, Center for Evaluation and Education Policy

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 7

Time: 10 a.m. EST (approximately; meeting starts at 9 a.m.)

Location: The Department of Education's James Whitcomb Riley Conference Room, 151 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis

The 2008 Public Opinion Survey on K-12 Education in Indiana gauged the attitudes and perceptions of a representative sample of Hoosiers on key educational issues, including school consolidation, school funding and taxes, school choice and charter schools, No Child Left Behind and state school accountability measures. Among the survey's findings is a slight increase in a positive perception of Indiana's general school quality. In answering a couple of new questions, Hoosiers indicate they believe Indiana high school students rank in the middle of other states academically, but fare more poorly when compared to students from other countries.

This is the sixth consecutive year that CEEP has conducted the Public Opinion Survey on K-12 Education in Indiana. More about CEEP, including complete reports of the past five public opinion surveys, is available on the CEEP Web site,

For more information, contact Chuck Carney at 812-856-8027 or