In a survey of parents at Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools earlier this year, some 94 percent of the respondents indicated they are either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their child’s school.

Furthermore, nine out of 10 indicated that they either “agree” or “strongly agree” that they are satisfied with the academic progress their offspring are making at school.

Results of the survey, conducted in February and March, were presented to the district school board at its regular monthly meeting Monday night.

Surveys were received from more than 2,000 respondents representing every school and learning center in the district, covering all grade levels and demographic groups. The families of the respondents covered 3,480 students, or 48 percent of the district’s student population.

There was some concern expressed that the survey was skewed  towards the opinions of white parents, who represented 73.6 percent of the respondents, while they represent only 42 percent of the total district student body.

Some 27 percent of the students in the district are African-American, compared with 12.4 percent of the survey respondents.

Questions on the survey covered such areas as academic rigor, homework, grading, enrichment, discipline, resources, facilities, and communication between the school and the parents.

The district staff that evaluated the results noted concerns expressed that the curriculum needs more focus on ways of thinking and problem solving.

They said that some respondents indicated they would like to see more project-based learning as a way to engage students more deeply in what they are learning.

Details of the results are used by principals in developing their goals for the school year.

A summary of the survey results are available on the district website.

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...

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