Recently, the District surveyed parents for their perceptions of a quality school. We received over 2200 responses, which is over a 60% participation rate. As parents, some of you may have completed the survey and I appreciate your input. Attached is a power point and explanation of the results given to the Board of Trustees at the last school board meeting. Yesterday, we discussed the survey results with your principals and they are available to discuss the results with you.
Parents were asked to respond to a variety of characteristics that a person might use to judge the quality of a school district. For each one, the respondents rated whether they thought it was very important, somewhat important, somewhat unimportant, or very unimportant in judging the quality of a school district. Parents were then asked to identify the top 5 characteristics they would use in determining the quality of a school district.
It is important for us to understand our parents’ perceptions in order to be a school of choice. We will use this data to help us develop the District’s Strategic Plan. For instance, performance on the STAAR test did not make the parents’ five most important things. Safe and secure schools and compassionate and effective teachers were the two most important things expressed by parents. When we develop our end of the school year public report, it will no longer just be the state mandated report which is primarily made up of the state test results and our schools’ and district ratings. We will focus more on things that parents in the community reported as most important to them in a quality school.
Later this year, we will be conducting further surveys of staff members and students. Thank you in advance for taking the time to thoughtfully complete the surveys and for participating in any reflection your campus may do on the results as we all continue to learn.
I hope your year is going well. I know there are some challenges with the technology initiative, but I’m confident they will be worked out and we will continue to lead to achieve excellence.
Trish Hanks, MS