|Uncensored - April 2000
Statewide School Conference Survey
Students More Concerned About Drinking and Smoking than Guns
Although the Columbine High School shooting has focused public attention on guns and violence in schools, most students gathered in a recent statewide conference said that drinking and smoking were bigger problems.
Nearly 800 students attending the "Uncensored" Colorado Conference on Youth Education on April 8 answered a questionnaire about the quality of their school. The anonymous surveys were conducted by Ciruli Associates of Denver for the conference, convened by Lt. Gov. Joe Rogers. The conference was attended by students from 200 schools across the state.
Problems such as smoking (40%), alcohol (36%), use of drugs (36%), and overcrowded classrooms (31%) were judged the major problems by students. Guns (3%) and gangs (4%) were not rated major problems.
Despite vigorous debate over the quality of the state's public school systemincluding a controversial plan to "grade" schoolsa majority of Colorado high school students polled give their school good marks.
UNCENSORED - Colorado Conference on Youth Education
Students are graded A, B, C, D, or F to show the quality of their work. Suppose you had a chance to grade the quality of education in your school. What grade would you give your school: A, B, C, D, or F? Circle the grade you'd give your school.
If you are planning on attending college, do you feel your high school education has prepared you or not prepared you to do well on the college exams (SAT or ACT)? (Skip to next question if not planning on attending college after high school).
If starting a job or going to a technical school, do you feel your high school education has prepared you or not prepared you with the skills to be successful? (Skip to next question if planning on attending college after high school).
The following is a list of problems in some schools. Circle the numbers 1, 2 or 3 to show if you believe the problem is a major problem, not a big problem or no problem at your school.
Do you attend public, private, or home school?
If home schooling, do you think you are receiving a better education,about the same, or not as good an education as students in regular highschools? (If not home schooling skip this question).
What is your age? Circle the number
Mark down your sex, circle the number