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Summing It Up: A Review of Survey Data on Education and the National Education Goals

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At the request of the National Education Goals Panel, Public Agenda -- a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization -- analyzed recent public opinion research on education and the public schools, reviewing surveys conducted by a variety of respected national organizations and by Public Agenda itself. In doing so, we have made a special attempt to locate and analyze recent opinion data on the eight national goals developed under the auspices of President Bush, President Clinton and the nation's Governors. These are: helping children start school ready to learn, increasing the school completion rate, enhancing student achievement and raising academic standards, increasing opportunities for teacher education and professional development, improving math and science education, increasing the adult literacy rate and encouraging lifelong learning, making schools safe, disciplined and drug-free, and increasing parental participation.