Sunday, October 31, 1999

School officials dispute findings of new survey


Testing firm claims quality worries many

BY DANA DiFILIPPO
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati parents are among the nation's most disgruntled when it comes to the quality of public schools, according to a survey the Educational Testing Service (ETS) conducted in 55 American cities.

        The survey, based on data compiled from 1990-96, found that more than 26 percent of Cincinnati parents are dissatisfied with city schools, putting Cincinnati third among cities most unhappy with public education, the survey found. Only Cleveland and Oakland ranked worse, with a third of households questioning the quality of their public schools. Chicago and Philadelphia rounded out the top five.

election
Complete guide
        The Princeton, N.J.-based ETS released the survey last week.

        The findings conflict with parental surveys Cincinnati Public Schools has released in recent years, which indi cate growing satisfaction with schools.

        District spokeswoman Jan Leslie said that's because the ETS survey is based on data collected between 1990 and 1996 and doesn't consider recent reforms that have proven popular among parents.

        “They're using very old data, and we've seen a lot of changes in this district since then,” she said.

        The district's surveys — conducted last spring — show that about 80 percent of parents are satisfied with their children's education. Parents of white children were more likely than those of black children to think their children could get a good education in CPS schools.

        In suburban Cincinnati households, only 7.6 percent of parents are dissatisfied with public schools, according to the ETS survey.

        In most cities, crime outweighed education on residents' minds, according to the ETS survey. But in Cincinnati, crime and education were of equal concern.

       



River on the rebound
Gravel mining altering character of the river
Riverside residents expect change
Shootout shocks Loveland
Some opt for anti-Halloween activities
Human egg auction model of stupidity
Council hopefuls mount final blitz
Governor race should scare you into voting
Majority of voters will skip election
Marchers rally for school tax
- School officials dispute findings of new survey
Voters may be scarce in N.Ky.
A stink in Butler Co.
Mating urge sends deer across roads
Prisoner found dead in Middletown jail
Rebel flag still excites passions
Seniors told of HMO cuts
Speaker: Hate begat Holocaust
Holocaust talks keep prof on go
CSO's guest conductors hint at future leaders
Many maestros are candidates for top spot here
'Scrabble' master competing this week in world championship
'The Greatest?' Try Billy Noddin, one of many
Columbus artist invites you into her work
Enter our Dress A Turkey contest
GET TO IT
'Grapes of Wrath' showcases Conservatory's growth
Need communication, ingenuity for hiking
OhioDance honors Jefferson James
CONCERT REVIEW
Second jazz CD as good as the first
Starting the millennium with a wedding? Tell us about it
Gumbel latest weapon in morning wars
Caucus hears variety of views
College starts equine center construction
Lawmaker's tobacco interests under scrutiny
Students guided to career paths
Teens accused of plot to recreate Columbine
TRISTATE DIGEST
Union question at nursing homes divides judges