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Survey Seeks Parents’ Views on Portland Public Schools

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Survey Seeks Parents’ Views on Portland Public Schools
Posted on 02/09/2015

The Portland Public Schools has launched its second annual parent survey. Parents of children in the district are urged to participate in the survey, which 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 was launched Feb. 9 and is posted online on the district’s website.

It is available in all of the major languages spoken by district families. Paper copies will be available at each school during parent-teacher conferences. The district will be accepting survey responses through April 17, the end of most schools’ conference season.

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.”

This is the second year the school district has done the survey. “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.