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Chancellor Walcott Launches Seventh Annual Citywide Survey of NYC Public Schools

03/12/2013

Survey Responses Are Due April 12th

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced the seventh annual New York City School Survey of public school students, parents, and teachers. The survey ranks among the largest annual surveys in the nation and is designed to capture information about each school’s learning environment by quantifying community feedback on academic expectations, communication, engagement, and safety and respect. Last year, a record 967,000 parents, teachers, and students participated in the survey. Survey results will be published this summer, and represent 10 to 15 percent of each school's Progress Report grade.

“Participation in the School Survey is vitally important since it provides each of our school communities with the opportunity to offer meaningful feedback on their school,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.  “I encourage all of our parents, teachers, and students to make their voices heard and fill out the survey by April 12th.”

Parents of students in all grades have begun to receive paper surveys in bright green envelopes via their children’s backpacks or at school events. Parents can also complete their surveys online. Students in grades 6 through 12 will receive and complete their surveys in school, while teachers will complete their surveys online. Parents can also sign up for the Department’s texting service for reminders on taking the school survey by texting “schools” to 877-877 or “escuela” to the same number for texts in Spanish. All participants may take the survey online at www.nycschoolsurvey.org, where the DOE is tracking online survey results in real-time.

Clear Channel New York has once again generously donated media assets on its radio platforms this year. “We are proud to support the NYC School Survey for the fourth consecutive year,” said Clear Channel President Joe Puglise. “We hope our contributions will continue to generate greater public awareness about the importance of the School Survey and its use as a powerful tool to help the Department of Education create and maintain positive learning environments for students.”

The School Survey is available online at www.nycschoolsurvey.org and provided on paper to parents and students in ten languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Surveys must be completed and returned by April 12th.