JACKSONVILLE, Fla., December 1, 2015 — Duval County residents are on average four years behind when it comes to perceptions of the graduation rate, according to results of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund’s annual Public Education Perceptions Poll.
A new question this year asked poll respondents what they thought the current Duval County high school graduation rate was, and the average response was 61 percent. Duval’s graduation rate is currently 74 percent. It was 63 percent in 2011.
The poll also found increasing confidence in school district leadership, with more respondents — more than half overall — rating the Duval County School Board and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti as effective. A new question found that more than three quarters of respondents think Duval County public school teachers are effective.
Among the other key findings:
“When it comes to public education, taking the pulse of the community is vital,” said Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Trey Csar. “This survey adds context and hard figures to the community conversation that we’re all having around how best to prepare students to succeed in the future.”
The poll was sponsored, funded, and analyzed by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, and conducted by the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida in early November. The sample of 534 adults was selected from the target population of Duval County adults (18 years or older) through the use of Random-Digit-Dialing methodology for both landlines and cell phones. The margin of sampling error for this survey was +/- 4.24 percent.
See below for the Powerpoint presentation from the press conference.