Parents, what do you think about your public schools?
To find out, Harford County Public Schools is conducting a “Parent Satisfaction Survey” during the month of January, with results to be reported to the school board at the end of next month.
The survey includes multiple choice questions on school safety, discipline, cleanliness, communication and the quality of education, plus an open comment section. Input received will be used to improve individual schools and the school system overall. However, parents are encouraged to contact individual schools directly with issues they would like addressed, said Teri Kranefeld, HCPS manager of communications. No identifying information is required of parents except for the name of the school their child attends. Parents are asked to fill out one survey for each child in HCPS.
The voluntary survey was announced to parents on January 7th and will remain open until January 25th, according to Kranefeld. The survey is available online in both English and Spanish. For those without computer access, each school office has paper copies available in both languages.
The online survey can be found here: http://www.hcps.org/
Last year’s survey garnered over 4,600 responses and found that more than 87% agreed that schools were safe; 95% said schools were clean; 86% said schools had high expectations; more than 87% were satisfied with school communications. A HCPS report on last year’s parent survey, including some responses from a similar student survey, can be found here.
According to last year’s report, parents were more likely than students in grades 6 – 11 to agree that their child’s school was safe (87.6% vs. 72.5%); clean (95% vs. 60.1%), and that they were kept informed about academic progress (87.6% vs. 50.4%). Younger students were more likely than parents to agree that academic expectations were high: 86% for parents vs. 94.8% for students in grades K – 2 and 93% for grades 3 – 5.