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Commonwealth Education Poll

CEPI conducts polls each year to gauge public support for a variety of education issues, from state funding for public education to whether Virginia’s institutions of higher education are doing a good job preparing graduates for jobs.

For questions about the Commonwealth Education Poll, contact Interim Executive Director Robyn McDougle, Ph.D., at (804) 827-3290 or rdmcdougle@vcu.edu or Survey Director Farrah Graham, Ph.D., at (804) 828-1989 or stonefn@vcu.edu.

2016 Back-to-School Facts and Insights

This "Facts and Insights" publication provides a convenient reference for facts and figures that may be helpful in Back-to-School stories. The publication highlights recent CEPI polling data (mostly from our 2016 Commonwealth Education Poll ) on the relevant topics of school and campus safety. The Commonwealth Education Poll was conducted by landline and cell telephone from December 15-20, 2015, with a random sample of 801 adults in Virginia. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. This poll is conducted annually by VCU’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI), which is part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

2015-16 Commonwealth Education Poll

These findings are part of a new statewide survey conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University. Topics covered include readiness of high school, community college and four-year college graduates for the workforce, higher education performance and opinion on restructuring secondary education toward greater workforce development. Additional topics include K-12 funding, opinion on impact of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and accountability policies. The Commonwealth Education Poll was conducted by landline and cell telephone from December 15-20, 2015, with a random sample of 801 adults in Virginia. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points. This poll is conducted annually by VCU’s Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute (CEPI), which is part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.

2014-15 Commonwealth Education Poll

The 2015 Commonwealth Education Poll is a current statewide survey of adults in Virginia conducted by CEPI. Topics covered include K-12 funding, public perspective on increased online learning options for high school students, opinion on impact of the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs) and accountability policies.  The report also contains results for questions regarding bullying, school safety and pre-Labor Day school opening.  In relation to higher education, the poll provides a look at Virginian’s perceptions of the quality of education offered by Virginia’s four-year universities, community colleges and online universities, perspectives on workforce development and perceptions of campus safety. The margin of error for the poll is +/- 4.1 percentage points.

2013-14 Commonwealth Education Poll

The 2014 Poll provides insight into public opinion on topics ranging from the impact of SOL testing, performance of colleges and universities in the commonwealth and safety in both public K-12 schools and colleges and universities.

2012-13 Commonwealth Education Poll

2011-12 Commonwealth Education Poll

2010-11 Commonwealth Education Poll

2009-10 Commonwealth Education Poll

2008-09 Commonwealth Education Poll

2007-08 Commonwealth Education Poll

2006 Commonwealth Education Poll

2005 Commonwealth Education Poll

2004 Commonwealth Education Poll

2003 Commonwealth Education Poll

2002 Commonwealth Education Poll

2001 Commonwealth Education Poll