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April 17 Last Opportunity for Parent Survey!

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April 17 Last Opportunity for Parent Survey!
Posted on 04/16/2015
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The Portland Public Schools is conducting its second annual parent survey this winter and spring. This week marks the final chance for parents to make their voices heard in the survey, for which the district is accepting responses through April 17. Parents are encouraged to fill out the survey as soon as possible.

The survey was launched Feb. 9 and is posted online on the district’s website. The survey is designed to enhance community voices in the school system.

“Parents are our partners,” said Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk. “At the Portland Public Schools, we believe that by working together with families, we ensure success for all students. By giving us your feedback on your experience in the school district, we can gain more insight into what we’re doing right and also on what we need to do better.”

The survey is available in all of the major languages spoken by district families. Paper copies have also been available at each school during parent-teacher conferences.

The survey asks about parents’ views on topics such as whether schools provide a rigorous curriculum, whether their children feel engaged by school, whether teachers set high expectations and whether parents would recommend their children’s school to others. 

The survey also asks several questions about the principal’s management of the school. And it includes a space where parents may write additional comments. 

The survey is voluntary and it’s anonymous. Parents are asked to submit one survey for each child attending district schools. All parent feedback will be reviewed.

“We urge all parents to fill out the survey because this is an opportunity to let their voices be heard,” said Chanda Turner, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for the school district. “We’re hoping for really widespread participation so we can get a robust picture of our parents’ experience with the Portland Public Schools.”

The school district also conducted such a survey last year. “We used the information from last year’s survey to inform decision making and improve our schools for all students and their families, and we plan to use the results of this second survey to do so again,” Turner said.

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Chanda Turner at turnec@portlandschools.org or call her at 842-5356.