Frequently Asked Questions about the School Survey for Parents

  • What is the school survey?
    The school survey is given to help district and school leaders understand what is working well and what needs improvement at their school. In 2017-18, it was given only to parents, while in past years students and staff have also participated. This change represents a transition, as the Maryland State Department of Education begins implementation of a statewide survey under provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

    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 was administered from February 26 to April 13. Results are now available.

    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 are available on the district website

    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