What are the most important parts of getting an education? Is it learning reading and math or being well-rounded in a variety of subjects? What role does the learning environment itself play in education?
It is hard to imagine everyone responding to these questions with the same answers.
That’s why the Colorado lieutenant governor and the state’s Education Leadership Council are asking people to fill out an online survey about the state of education in Colorado.
The questions posed above are only some of the sorts of things the survey asks for people’s opinions about, as well as asking respondents to evaluate the effectiveness of different parts of the current education system and select the types of skills, experiences and character traits that are most important for students to gain as part of their school years.
“Anyone who wants to give input on CO’s education system can take the survey and provide their feedback,” stated Shelby Wieman, deputy press secretary for Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The survey is a mix of types of questions, including multiple choice, sliding scale and open ended. Completing it takes between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on how detailed people get with responses to some of the open-ended questions.
All responses are made anonymously, according to the Education Leadership Council. But there are classification questions about the person taking the survey, including race, income level, zip code and whether they are the parent of a current school-age student or work in education. No names, full addresses or contact information is requested.
The information collected through this survey will be used by the Education Leadership Council as part of creating a “nonpartisan blueprint and unified vision for the state’s education system, covering the path from early childhood and into the workforce,” according to Weiman.
The Colorado Leadership Council is a nonpartisan, multi-stakeholder council that Hickenlooper created through an executive order. Its purpose is to look at the state of Colorado’s education system, evaluate it and create a vision for how to improve both the system and access to education for all students.