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Annual Survey Seeks Parents’ Views on Portland Public Schools

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Annual Survey Seeks Parents’ Views on Portland Public Schools
Posted on 02/10/2016
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The Portland Public Schools has launched its third 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.

“At the Portland Public Schools, parents are our partners,” said Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker. “By working together with our families, we ensure that all our students can succeed. We need parents’ feedback on their experience in the school district so we can gain more insight into what we’re doing right and also learn how we can do better.”

You can access the survey by clicking here. Also, the survey is posted online on the district’s website, www.portlandschools.org. Click on the “District Home” tab, then click on “Parent Resources,” then click on “Parent Survey.”

The survey is available in all of the major languages spoken by district families. Paper copies also will be available at each school during parent-teacher conferences. The district will be accepting survey responses through April 29, 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.

Participation has climbed each year the district has run the survey and it is hoped that even more parents will participate this year.

“This is an opportunity for parents to have their voices be heard, so we’re encouraging all parents to fill out the survey,” said Chanda Turner, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for the school district. “The more participation, the better our understanding of our parents’ experience with the Portland Public Schools. We use the information to inform decision making and improve our schools for all students and their families.”

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