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Chancellor Walcott Announces Record Participation in Annual NYC School Survey

09/05/2013

Parent, Student, and Teacher Responses Demonstrate Continued Progress in Common Core Implementation and Increased Quality of Education in New York City Public Schools

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced the results of the seventh annual New York City School Survey.  With a record number 985,771 of parents, students and teachers participating in the 2012-2013 school year, responses indicate high levels of satisfaction from all respondent groups and that efforts to raise the bar for students and prepare them for college and careers are taking root. The Annual School Survey is the second largest survey taken in the country after the U.S. census.

“As the City continues its strategic implementation of the Common Core standards and begins a new teacher evaluation and development system, the School Survey results show that our intense focus on raising the bar for our students is working,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott.  “Teachers are receiving increased support to strengthen their instruction and students are receiving more rigorous coursework in their classes.  Making significant changes to instruction takes years, and with deep investments in training and resources, high expectations, and a commitment to feedback, schools are in increasingly better positioned to prepare students for college and careers.”

Students are feeling the effects of the higher bar set for them in their classes, with 96 percent of students reporting that they need to work hard to get good grades, an increase from 93 percent in 2010.  This suggests that academic rigor is increasing throughout the city as schools continue their work to integrate the Common Core standards.  Students also reported regularly engaging in Common Core aligned classroom activities, with 91 percent of students indicating their teachers asked them to complete a writing assignment or research project using multiple sources of information and 90 percent of students reporting that they were asked to complete a math task that required them to explain their thinking.

Teachers also reported receiving increased levels of support as they work to integrate the Common Core standards into their curriculum.  90 percent of teachers answered that they received feedback based on a research-based rubric of practice, up from 83 percent in 2012 and 85 percent of teachers indicated that their professional development experiences during the 2012-2013 school year helped them shift their practice to align to the Common Core standards.  These numbers reflect the significant resources the Department had invested to support schools in implementing these new challenging standards. 

This continued focus on raising the bar for our students is also evidenced by teacher growth scores for the 2012-2013 school year, also released today, which indicate that New York City’s teachers not only received higher growth scores this year than last, but also demonstrate stronger growth scores than those in the rest of the state.  New York City has twice as many highly effective teachers and almost half the number of ineffective teachers as the rest of New York State.  In 2012-2013, 89 percent of New York City’s teachers received “Effective” or “Highly Effective” ratings compared to 80 percent in the rest of the State.  Further, in New York City schools, the number of “Effective” and “Highly Effective” teachers rose by 5 points in 2012-2013 over 2011-2012, while the percentage of “Developing” or “Ineffective” dropped.

Additionally, across all boroughs, parents indicated high levels of satisfaction with these shifts, with 95 percent of parents satisfied or very satisfied with the education their child has received, an increase from 94 percent in 2012, and 95 percent of parents reported feeling that their child’s school is headed in the right direction. 

Clear Channel New York once again generously donated media assets on its radio platforms to help build awareness of the importance of the survey. “Clear Channel New York is proud to support the NYC School Survey for the fourth year in a row,” said Clear Channel President Joe Puglise. “We are excited to be a part of such a meaningful project and to see more and more parents, teachers, and students make their voices heard by completing the survey every year.”

The NYC School Survey has been taken annually since its inception in 2007. It is the largest annual survey conducted in the United States.  The School Survey measures parent, student, and teacher satisfaction with academic expectations, communication, engagement, and safety and respect in every school. Parents of students in all grades, students in grades 6 through 12, and all teachers completed the survey online and via mail. For the fourth year, all teachers took the survey online. Survey results make up 10-15 percent of a school’s Progress Report result. The survey was conducted from February through April 2013. Citywide and individual school results will be posted on the Department’s website today.

To view survey results from 2013 and past years, please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/surveys.