Frequently Asked Questions about the School Survey
What’s new this year?
This year due to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the student and staff school surveys will be administered by MSDE (Maryland State Department of Education). The student and staff school surveys are scheduled to begin in the spring. The parent school survey will be administered, as it has previously, by Baltimore City Public Schools.
What is the school survey?
The school survey is given to students, parents and staff to help district and school leaders understand what is working well and what needs improvement at their school.
What are the questions on the school survey about?
The survey contains questions about many aspects of the school environment, including administration, family involvement, physical environment and safety.
Why is the school survey important?
By filling out the school survey, parents help district and school leaders understand what is working well and what needs improvement — the more people who complete the survey, the more accurate the picture of a given school will be. District and school leaders use school survey results to inform decision making about matters such as academic programming and budget priorities.
Who takes the school survey?
Parents/guardians of students in all grades.
When is the school survey given?
For the 2017-18 school year, the school survey will be administered from February 26 to April 27.
How is the school survey administered?
Paper surveys are sent home with all students. These may be returned to the school by hand or sent in by prepaid envelopes. The online version is mobile friendly and can be completed on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.
When are the results available?
Parents will be notified that results are available through social media, and school and district websites.
Where can I find the school survey results for my school and for the district as a whole?
The most recent school survey results are available on the district website and on individual school websites.
What do the results show?
School survey results show what parents think about various aspects of their children’s schools—from the learning climate to the physical environment. The results show a percentage of the respondents who strongly agree or agree with an item.
How are results from the school survey used?
The district provides the results of the school survey along with a summary of those results to each school. Schools then decide how to use them. For example, results about the availability of a school’s resources, physical environment, learning climate and safety can inform budget decisions about programs to fund. An example of how the data from the annual school survey is used at the district level is that it is considered in the renewal process for schools with outside operators.
If I have feedback about the survey items or the survey administration process, who should I contact?
The Achievement and Accountability Office is continually working to improve survey administration and ensure the usefulness of the school survey data. If you have feedback on the survey items, administration processes or uses of survey data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.