Study Background

For the 2015-2016 school year, Pathways in Education set out to gain a better understanding of parents’ view on high school education in the United States. They commissioned YouGov to perform a national study exploring topics including:

  • How parents determine or choose the right school for their child/children
  • Views on education opportunity and equality among specific populations, including students of color, English Language Learners, low-income, students with disabilities, and those who struggle with emotional/social issues
  • Freshman dropout awareness
  • General dropout awareness
  • Potential strategies for dropout prevention and reengagement



YouGov partners with a third party panel provider to reach potential poll and survey respondents via e-mail. YouGov received completed surveys from 1,671 respondents for the Parent Views on Education study, all parents or guardians of a child or children between the ages of 6 and 21 living at home. To ensure desired representation, Parent Views on Education oversampled lower income families, with over 1,118 respondents coming from households with annual incomes under $50,000.


Respondent Age
Respondent Gender

Marital Status

Household Income
Education Level

Number of Children
Ages of Children

Gender of Children