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NYC School Survey Results Show Improvements in Community Engagement, Professional Development, and Common Core-Aligned Instruction

8/29/2014

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the results of the eighth annual New York City School Survey, which revealed high levels of student, parent, and teacher satisfaction with our schools. The survey, the largest of its kind after the U.S. Census, was completed by 981,253 students, parents, and teachers between February and April 2014, and it reflects the Chancellor’s continuing commitment to engaging stakeholders, using evidence to inform school policy, and Department transparency.

The results suggest high overall satisfaction with the schools, as 95 percent of parents report satisfaction with their child’s education. The results reveal key improvements in Common Core-aligned instruction and engagement, with more students citing instruction that requires them to use evidence to support their ideas and an increased share of families understanding what the Common Core standards mean for their child.

Teachers are more satisfied with the quality of their professional development, with a larger share reporting coherent, consistent development that has helped them improve their instruction. Teachers also increasingly recognize the importance of engagement with parents and families, as a greater percentage reported incorporating parent information and feedback to improve instruction and meet their students’ needs.

“Today’s results affirm the hard work of our teachers and principals to create supportive and academically rigorous classrooms, and engage the students and families they serve,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “However, I challenge myself and all our talented school professionals to do better. We must continue the progress we’ve made to engage parents and families, enhance professional development, increase Common Core-aligned instruction, and do everything we can to ensure that every child in every neighborhood is getting the best education possible.”

“Ninety-five percent of parents say they are satisfied with their children’s educations. That says quite a lot about the leadership at our city’s schools, and I’m proud to represent the professionals in whom the parents have such confidence,” said CSA President Ernest Logan. “When we work together in a collaborative spirit, as we have under the new administration, we believe that everyone will get what they need in terms of support to provide NYC’s children with the education they must have to succeed.”

“The School Survey is a great opportunity for students and parents to make their voices heard,” said Martha Kessler, Co-chair of the Chancellors Parent Advisory Council. “We are the stakeholders in New York City’s schools, and I appreciate that the Department of Education has taken the time to listen to our opinions. The survey demonstrates a commitment to student and parent engagement as well as transparency, and I look forward to seeing the key takeaways from the results of the survey transformed into policies that benefit every student.”

“Students, parents, teachers and principals understand schools firsthand,” said Miriam Aristy-Farer, President of the Community Education Council for District 6. “The survey is critical because it allows us to communicate where the schools are and how to improve them. I am particularly impressed with the new survey questions that asked for parent feedback on the schools’ responsiveness to their and their child’s concerns. I also appreciated the survey question that asked parents to identify the most crucial potential improvements for their child’s school.”

According to survey results, student engagement and interest in the programs and classes offered at their school is at its highest level in the eight years the survey has been administered.  An additional 3,000 students reported opportunities to be active at school, while 7,000 more parents reported that students with disabilities are included in all school activities.

Last year’s NYC School Survey, designed in partnership with NYU’s Research Alliance for New York City Schools, featured a number of new and updated questions aimed at more accurately assessing schools’ priorities and outcomes.

Among the new, more focused questions were those evaluating schools’ general performance through three key measures: Instructional Core, School Culture, and Systems for Improvement. The new measures are closely aligned with the city’s school Quality Review process, so survey results are meaningful and can easily be translated into school improvements. Over 90 percent of parents, and at least 80 percent of students and teachers, reported satisfaction with their school on all three critical measures.

The 981,253 participants in this year’s survey represent about 65 percent of potential respondents across the city, and mark a nearly 400,000-person increase over 2007, when the survey was first administered. Survey participation and results were fairly consistent across the boroughs and school districts.

The survey questions and results are publicly available at http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/survey/.