The Latino Perspectives on K–12 Education & School Choice project has been developed and reported by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. Our partner, Braun Research, Inc., conducts the live phone call interviews, collects the survey data, and provides data quality control. The purpose of the survey is to measure Latinos’ opinions and attitudes, and in some cases awareness or knowledge of, a range of K–12 education topics and reforms.
Survey snapshots of the Latino community describe their perceptions about the direction of American K–12 education; the federal government’s performance in K–12 education; education spending; grades and preferences for different types of schools; and school choice topics, such as charter schools, vouchers, education savings accounts, and tax-credit scholarships. We have also asked two sets of questions with a special focus on standardized testing and the Common Core State Standards. We report response levels, differences (“margins”), and intensities for Latinos responses, and when feasible, make comparisons with national averages and with the responses of two other subgroups – non-Hispanic whites and African Americans.
This project is part of a larger national survey study—the 2015 Schooling in America Survey—released on June 30, 2015. A total of 1,409 telephone interviews were completed in the United States from April 22 to May 12, 2015, by means of both landline and cell phone. A randomly selected and statistically representative national sample of American adults responded to more than 25 substantive items in live phone interviews.
Statistical results have been weighted to correct for known demographic discrepancies.
During our fieldwork, we also oversampled Latinos to bring total respondents in that subgroup to n=532 (comprised of n=125 from the national sample plus n=407 from the additional sampling). We offered respondents the option to progress through the interview in either English or Spanish.