GILBERT PUBLIC SCHOOLS SURVEY 2012

Hello, my name is _______________ of WestGroup Research calling on behalf of Gilbert Public Schools. Today we are conducting a telephone survey to find out what people think about the schools and your household is one of about 600 that have been randomly selected to participate in the study. This is not a telemarketing call. Could I please speak with a head of your household? Would that be you? IF PERSON NOT AVAILABLE; When would be a good time to reach her/him? Thank you for your help.

RANDOM LIST SURVEY BEGINS HERE A. Do you live within the Gilbert Public Schools District boundaries? B. If you tell me your zip code I’ll check and see if you are within the district boundaries? C. IF LIVE IN 85236: Do you live between Baseline and Riggs Road and between Greenfield and Power roads?

PARENT LIST SURVEY BEGINS HERE: Q1. Are you the parent or guardian of a child preschool age through high school? Q2. IF YES IN Q1: Do your children in pre-school through 12th grade attend a Gilbert Public Schools preschool, a Gilbert Public Schools elementary school, a Gilbert Public Schools junior high, a Gilbert Public Schools high school, a charter school, a public school in another district, a private school or home school? What is the name of your child’s (children’s) school? I’ll check and see if it is on my list. Q3. Have you ever had a child attend a Gilbert Public school? Q4. ASK IF R IS CURRENT PARENT (Q2: 1-4): Is your youngest child who currently is in a Gilbert school in… 1. A Gilbert pre-school 2. A Gilbert elementary school 3. A Gilbert junior high 4. A Gilbert high school Q5. ASK IF R IS CURRENT PARENT (Q2:1-4): How many children do you have who are in preschool through 12th grade in Gilbert Public Schools?

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ASK ALL Q6 thru 9 Q6. How many years have you lived in the Gilbert Public Schools District? Q7. When you think of Gilbert Public Schools, what is the first thing that comes to mind? What else?

Q8. Students are often given the grades of A, B, C, D, and FAIL to denote the quality of their work. Suppose Gilbert Public Schools was graded in this way. What grade would you give the Gilbert Public Schools -- A,B, C, D or FAIL?

ASK Q 9 CURRENT PARENTS ONLY (Q2:1-4) Q9. And how would you grade the quality of instruction your child is receiving? ASK Q10 OF GILBERT PARENTS BUT NON-GILBERT SCHOOLS (Q2:5-8) Q10. You indicated that at least one of your children does not attend a public school in Gilbert. Please list for me the main reasons why your child or children do not attend a public school in the Gilbert School District? What other reasons?

ASK Q11 OF ALL PARENTS (Q1=YES) Q11. Overall, which ONE factor would you say is most important to you in choosing a school for your child(ren)? ASK Q12 and Q13 of CURRENT PARENTS ONLY (Q2:1-4) Q12. What do you like most about Gilbert Schools now? Q13. What do you think are the biggest challenges facing Gilbert Public Schools in the near future? ASK ALL Q14 – Q16 Q14. How would you compare the quality of education provided by schools in the Gilbert district to schools in other districts in the state? Please use a 1-5 scale where 1 means not at all favorably and a 5 means very favorably? Q15. How would you compare the quality of education provided by schools in the Gilbert district to charter schools and private schools in the community? Please use a 1-5 scale where 1 means not at all favorably and a 5 means very favorably?

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Q16. How likely would you be to recommend schools in the Gilbert Public School District to a friend or neighbor? Please use a 0 to 10 scale where “0” means “not at all likely” and “10” means “very likely” Q16a. IF 7-10: Why would you recommend schools in the Gilbert School District? Q16b. IF 0-6: Why wouldn’t you be very likely to recommend in the Gilbert School District? ASK Q17 THRU NEW1 OF CURRENT PARENTS ONLY (Q2:1-4) Q17. Have you ever considered sending your children to some other school besides a school that is a part of the Gilbert Public Schools system? Q17a. IF YES in Q17: What type of school did you consider? Q18. What factors or attributes, if any, would lead you to consider sending your child(ren) to a charter school, private school, or a public school in another district instead of continuing the Gilbert Public School system? What others? Q20. Gilbert Public Schools currently does not require high school students to learn a foreign language. Do you believe high school students should be required to learn a foreign language in order to graduate? Q21. Do you feel students in junior high should be introduced to a foreign language? Q22. Do you feel students in elementary school should be introduced to a foreign language? Q23. In your mind, how well is Gilbert Public Schools preparing students for high school? Do you feel the students are being well prepared, somewhat prepared or not well prepared? Q24. In your opinion, how well is Gilbert Public Schools preparing students for college or post-high school training? Do you feel the students are being well prepared, somewhat prepared or not well prepared? Q25. How well are the individual academic needs of your youngest child in Gilbert Public Schools being met? Please use a 1 to 5 scale where “1” means your child’s needs are “not met at all” and a “5” means that your child’s needs are met completely. Q26. Please indicate your level of satisfaction overall with the 2011-2012 school calendar where a “1” means you are very dissatisfied and a “5” means you are very satisfied. Q28. Using a 1 to 5 scale where “1” means not at all safe and “5” means very safe, how safe does your youngest child in a Gilbert school feel at school?

Q29. How confident are you that the Gilbert school where your youngest child attends is able to effectively respond to a crisis or emergency situation? Please use a 1 to 5 scale where “1” means “not at

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all confident” and “5” means “very confident”. Q30. Please indicate your level of support for changing the school year calendar from the current schedule to a modified year-round schedule that is similar to Chandler Schools. For the modified yearround schedule there would still be 180 days of instruction, but classes would begin the end of July and finish the end of May. The students would have a two-week fall intersession, two-week break at Christmas, and instead of a one-week spring break, students would have a two-week break. Summer break would still be seven weeks. Please use a 1 to 5 scale where “1” means “not at all supportive” and “5” means “very supportive.”

ASK OF ALL RESPONDENTS Q31. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements using a one to five scale where “1” means you “strongly disagree” and a “5” means you “strongly agree”: a. Gilbert Public Schools is meeting the needs of its students b. Gilbert Public Schools uses its money in a responsible manner c. Modern technology, including computers and the Internet in the classroom, are valuable tools for a student’s education d. Strong academic schools increase property values and improve surrounding neighborhoods Q32. The District Governing Board may call for a Maintenance and Operations override on the November 2012 ballot. The override would be a continuance of the override passed in 2007 and would provide funding to allow the district to exceed state allocation by up to 10% for operational costs. How likely would you be to support an override election to help the District better cover its operational costs? Please use a 1 to 5 scale where “1” means “not at all supportive” and “5” means “very supportive”. Q33. If the budget override does not pass, the budget will need to be reduced by $5.8 million per year over three years, for a total reduction of $17.6 million. The result of these cuts will be felt in increased class size, increased fees, and cuts to programs and services. Knowing this information are you…. a. More likely to support the override
b. Less likely to support the override c. Or does this information have no impact on your support for the override

d. DO NOT READ: Don’t know e. DO NOT READ: Refused Q34. Approximately how many times have you accessed the Gilbert Public Schools’ web site in the past year?

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Q35. IF 1 OR MORE IN Q34: Please rate your level of satisfaction with the Gilbert Public School website on the following attributes using a 1 to 5 scale where “1” means “very dissatisfied” and “5” means “very satisfied”. 1. Ability to answer questions you have related to the District or its schools 2. Ease in finding information 3. Clarity of information 4. Usefulness of information 5. Overall satisfaction with Gilbert Public Schools web site Q36. What would be your preferred methods of communication for news about the schools in the Gilbert Public School District or about the District overall? What other methods ASK CURRENT PARENTS ONLY Q37. What are your preferred sources of student information such as homework assignments, grades, and attendance records? What other sources? Q38. Overall would you say the parents of children in Gilbert Public Schools are very involved, somewhat involved, not very involved or not at all involved in the schools? ASK OF ALL RESPONDENTS Q39. IF NOT ASKED IN QB: What is your zip code? Q40. And finally, which of the following categories best describes your race? 1. African-American 2. American –Indian 3. Asian-American 4. Hispanic 5. White 6. OTHER 7. REFUSED [DO NOT READ] Q36. [OBSERVED DATA] 1. MALE 2. FEMALE

[CLOSING] Those are all my questions. Thank you very much for your help. Have a good evening!

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