I had the opportunity to take the statewide school survey five times, for each of my kids in school. I had a different response for the elementary, middle and high school. Here are the questions that were on my district’s survey:
- My child’s school provides me with resources and information to support my child’s learning at home.
- My child’s school tells me how my child is doing in class in a way that makes sense to me.
- My child’s school gives me opportunities to talk to teachers about how my child is doing.
- At least one caring adult in our school knows my child well.
- My child is safe at school.
- My child’s school invites me to participate in the school’s activities.
- My child’s school keeps me informed about news and events.
- My child’s school principal is accessible.
I was given the option to respond to each question with; strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, strongly disagree, or unsure.
I really liked the questions. It is important for schools to provide information to parents about news and events, how to reach the teachers and principal, and school activities. It is also important for the students and parents to feel like their school is a safe place.
Our schools do a great job communicating with me via email and newsletters (sometimes too much). I attend parent teacher conferences and receive weekly updates on all of my kids grades.
The one question that really resonated with me, was No. 4. It is important to have teachers who know my child well and care about them. I know my elementary and middle school kids have caring adults who know my kids … but I do not believe my high school kids feel like their teachers know and care about them. I hear stories about teachers who are rude or who look down on my high school kids. I hope they each have at least one teacher who knows my child and cares about their success. I will ask them tonight.
Were your school’s survey questions the same or different? What questions felt really important to you?
There’s still time to take the survey. Contact your school for the link.