Survey seeks parents’ opinions on schools

By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 05, 2017

The Mukilteo School District is asking parents to take its annual online survey to determine what they think of their child’s school.

The results provide valuable information that helps the district improve communication with parents. The results also help school staff members develop their School Improvement Plans.

To take the survey, visit bit.ly/2oEYVPJ.

The last survey was conducted from mid-March through April of 2016. During that 40-day period, a total of 2,531 responses were collected.

The core of that survey consisted of 13 statements about their child's school, as well as questions about how they receive information about schools.

The results of the 2016 survey were positive, according to the district. All statements had more than half of respondents agreed with all 13 statements, and more than 70 percent of respondents agreed with 11 of the 13 statements.

According to that survey, elementary parents are generally more positive about school than secondary parents, and the vast majority of parents feel welcome in Mukilteo schools.

While parents feel that the schools respect and appreciate diversity, the parents of non-white students feel better about this on average than do all respondents in total.

Parents are generally happy with the education their children are receiving, and feel that school buildings and grounds are clean and well maintained.

Most parents say they are well-informed about what’s going on in school, but many parents also say they are less certain about what schools are doing to improve student learning.

A large number of high school parents said they feel uninformed about their child’s academic progress, but fewer expressed that concern in 2016 compared with previous years.

Parents want more information about assessments, curriculum and student services, and high school parents, specifically, want more information about graduation requirements.

Parents said they get more information about school from their child than from any other source. This is especially true at the elementary level.

Compared with 2015, elementary parents said they got more information from email in 2016, while high school parents said they got more information from staff members.

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