D65 parents to be surveyed during conferences

When parents of Evanston/Skokie District 65 students come to their schools during the week of Feb. 13-17 for conferences with their children’s teachers, they will be asked to complete a 22-question survey to provide the board, administration, and teachers with feedback about their children’s experiences in the schools.

The district school board took the opportunity Monday night at its monthly “working” board meeting to review the survey questions, developed by consultant Paul Brinson in collaboration with school principals.

Computers will be provided at the conferences to enable parents to respond to the survey online.

In addition to the 22 questions, advisory teams from each school will have the opportunity to add up to 10 additional questions that pertain only to their school. Results of the survey will be made available to the principal, the school improvement team, and the advisory team.

A companion survey will be administered to teachers in May to provide additional data to aid in planning for the 2012-2013 school year. At Monday’s board meeting, teachers union president Jean Luft asked the board to involve the union in developing the teachers’ survey.

Some of the questions the parents will be asked on the survey next week include the following:

I feel welcome when I visit or call the school.

I am satisfied with the amount of information I receive from the school about my child’s academic progress.

The instructional programs at the school are managed to maximize learning time.

The school is well maintained.

For each statement, the parent will indicate whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree, strongly disagree, or don’t know.

Parents with children in more than one school will have the opportunity to complete a survey for each school their children attend.

In other matters before the Board Monday, member Richard Rykhus asked that a discussion of the district’s bus service for students be placed on the agenda for a future meeting. Board President Katie Bailey agreed to place the issue either on the agenda for the full board or for its Finance Committee.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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