Using Results from the School Survey
The Parent survey provides an opportunity to let school leaders know what is working well and what needs improvement at their school. Every year, the survey is given to parents of students in grades Pre-K to 12. The survey contains questions about many aspects of the school environment, including administration, family involvement, physical environment and safety, and is completely anonymous.
Results from the parent survey are helpful to school leaders when building their budgets. Specifically, information about the availability of a school’s resources, physical environment and learning climate as well as feedback about safety concerns can help school leaders build their School Climate and School Safety Plans and guide decisions about which programs to fund.
School Performance Measure
The parent survey is an indicator of learning environment included in the School Performance Measure (SPM), which is one of the components of the teacher and school leader effectiveness evaluations. For the purposes of SPM, only 14 items of the parent survey are considered, as detailed below. SPM includes learning environment, achievement, and student growth or college and career readiness domains. As a result of the transition to PARCC, achievement and student growth have been not applicable in recent years.
School Performance Plans
The School Performance Plan (SPP) is designed to support school leadership teams in improving overall school performance, with an emphasis on instruction and student achievement. The SPP contributes to data-informed decision making and drives school-level strategic planning. It is designed to capture strategies aligned with resources that support instructional priorities, a culture of achievement and community and parent engagement to promote improved student outcomes.
School safety and climate plans are required as part of the SPP for all schools except charter schools. School climate plans must address several specific components. The alignment between school climate plan components and school survey items is illustrated in the table below.
Climate plan component
School Survey Development of relationships within schools that promote positive communication and interaction
- Respectful relationships among students, among staff and between students and staff
- Extent to which behavioral and academic expectations are clearly communicated
- Communication between staff and parents about student academic and behavioral needs
- Perceptions of the extent to which the administration is open and responsive to concerns from parents and the community
Teaching and learning for high academic achievement
- Perceptions that school sets high standards for achievement and prepares students for college and careers
- Perceptions that teachers feel responsible for students’ academic and social and emotional development
- Perceptions that there are resources available at the school to support learning
Physical environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning Perception that parents feel welcome at the school Safety of all members of the school community Perceptions that students feel safe at the school and going to and from the school
Schools are asked to review safety and climate plans on a regular basis and adjust as necessary. Data from the annual parent survey can help schools assess whether their safety and climate plans are having the desired impact or if additional changes are needed.
Operator Renewal Rubric
The operator renewal process is divided into key areas defined by the Board’s Charter Policy, including student achievement, school climate, and financial management and governance. Parent, staff, and student satisfaction on the school survey are used as part of school climate ratings. Operator renewal includes the last five years of available data to determine school survey ratings.