Use Usefulness Survey Report Summary Service by armedman2


									                          A Use & Usefulness Survey
                                    of the
                         Report Summary Service (RSS)
       Enter your response to the following 10 items directly on this survey form.
     Then attach the completed survey form to an email and send it to Bob Kansky at

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MULTIPLE-CHOICE: For each of items 1-7, check (with an „X‟) just one of the choices provided.

1. About what proportion of RSS postings do you choose to read?
      __ a) 90 - 100%
      __ b) 75 – 89%
      __ c) 50 – 74%
      __ d) 25 – 49%
      __ e) Less than 25%

2. Each RSS item is accompanied by – i.e., introduced by – a short email message. Which of
the following statements best describes your assessment of the value of those email messages?
         __ a) They help me decide whether or not to read the attached report summary.
         __ b) They help me both to decide whether or not to reach the attached report
               summary and they add to my understanding of that summary.
         __ c) They rarely influence my decision regarding whether or not to read a summary.
         __ d) They provide no “added value” to the RSS postings.

3. Of the RSS items that you‟ve chosen to read, about what proportion have you found to be
informative or useful?
        __ a) 90 - 100%
        __ b) 75 – 89%
        __ c) 50 – 74%
        __ d) 25 – 49%
        __ e) Less than 25%

4. The main objective of an RSS item is to give the reader a sense of the purpose and content of
some lengthy report. How would you rate the brief (typically 2-page) summaries in satisfying that
        __ a) Usually adequate
        __ b) Adequate about half the time
        __ c) Usually inadequate

5. A secondary RSS objective is to help the reader decide, based upon the summary, whether or
not to go to the full report (the web address of which is provided) for additional information. How
often do you go to the full report?
         __ a) Often
         __ b) Infrequently
         __ c) Never

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6. The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) maintains a database of all RSS
postings, including their introductory emails. RSS items frequently make internal references to
items in the NCSM database. How often to you go to that database?
         __ a) Often
         __ b) Infrequently
         __ c) Never

7. RSS items always include a “Caveat Emptor” section. Its purpose, as stated at the NCSM
database site, is to allow readers to forward any item to other folks without having to accept
personal blame for any “errors of misstatement or misinterpretation made in the process of
preparing a summary.” Which of the following statements best describes your advice regarding
the “Caveat Emptor” section?.
        __ a) Drop it. I can add an appropriate caveat when necessary.
        __ b) Leave it. It‟s okay as it is.

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OPEN-RESPONSE: For items 8-10, please type your responses in the spaces provided..

8. Do you forward any RSS items to the mail list or website of some organization/group?
       __ Yes
       __ No

   If you answered “Yes” to Item 8, what is the general nature of the membership of that mail list
or website of that organization/group (e.g., K-12 teachers, 9-12 mathematics teachers, 7-12
science teachers, public school administrators, etc.)?

  If you answered “Yes” to Item 8, about how many persons are members of that mail list or
website of that organization/group?

9. A few RSS readers have reported that they target just a few specific individuals when
forwarding an RSS item. Sometimes the target is paricular colleagues. Sometimes it‟s someone
(or a few selected someones) higher up the feed chain of their organization. If you have found
reason to target selected individuals with (selected) RSS items, how would you describe those
folks (and about how many are there)?

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10. The reports selected for summarizing on the RSS have included a wide range of general
topics. Chief among those topics have been:
     K-12 teacher preparation and professional development;
     K-12 teacher induction programs; K-12 teacher quality;
     K-12 teacher supply/demand;
     K-12 teacher turnover (reasons, costs, remedies);
     K-12 curriculum;
     K-12/postsecondary transition and remediation;
     how students learn mathematics;
     student achievement (state assessments, NAEP, ACT, SAT, TIMSS, PISA);
     high school coursetaking patterns;
     high school dropouts (nature & number) and graduation rates;
     college and workforce readiness;
     P-16 education systems;
     P-16 state-level education data systems;
     NCLB (impact and opinions); opinion surveys of high school and college students;
     opinion surveys of the general public regarding education; and
     education policy proposals (from many constituencies).

  In reviewing this list, what general topics do you feel should be dropped from future RSS

  In reviewing this list, what general topics do you feel should be added to future RSS selection?

That’s it folks. Thanks for participating in the survey.

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