About half of parents say their local schools are doing a good job of preparing students for college-level mathematics and science instruction, according to a survey released last week. And the same percentage say their children are getting the right amount of math and science instruction in school.
The survey also found that, when a national sample of U.S. adults was asked to assess establishing a “national curriculum” in both math and science (in separate questions) as a way to improve instruction in those subjects, about half the respondents said that would help “a lot,” while nearly one-third said it would help “a little.”
The survey on math and science education issues was conducted in December by Public Agenda, a nonprofit polling firm based in New York City, with funding provided by the GE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the General Electric Co.
Results were based on a nationally representative sample of about 1,400 people, including 646 parents of school-age children. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.
A version of this article appeared in the June 09, 2010 edition of Education Week as Math and Science