More parents are satisfied with the city's public school system and the education their children are receiving, and more students and teachers said they are adapting to the new, tougher state curriculum standards, according to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who announced the results of the annual New York City School Survey. This news was reported in The Staten Island Advance today (Thursday, September 5).
"With a record number of nearly a million public school parents, students and teachers participating during the 2012-2013 school year, Walcott said the responses "indicate high levels of satisfaction" with the school system, and that efforts to raise the bar for students and prepare them for college and careers are taking root," added The Advance.
"The NYC School Survey has been taken annually since 2007. It is the largest annual survey conducted in the United States. The School Survey measures parent, student, and teacher satisfaction with academic expectations, communication, engagement, safety and respect in every school," adds the report. "Parents of students in all grades, students in grades 6 through 12, and all teachers completed the survey online and via mail. Survey results make up 10 to 15 percent of a school's Progress Report result."
Focus on Common Core Standards
"As the City continues its strategic implementation of the Common Core standards and begins a new teacher evaluation and development system, the School Survey results show that our intense focus on raising the bar for our students is working," Walcott said in The Advance. "Schools are increasingly better positioned to prepare students for college and careers." Students are feeling the effects of the higher bar set for them in their classes, with 96 percent of students acknowledging that they need to "work hard to get good grades," an increase from 93 percent in 2010."
Focus on writing
"More than 90 percent of students indicated their teachers asked them to complete a writing assignment or research project using multiple sources of information, and 90 percent reported that they were asked to complete a math task that required them to explain their thinking," added The Advancee. "Teachers also reported receiving increased levels of support as they work to incorporate the Common Core standards into their lessons. More than 85 percent of teachers indicated that professional development sessions offered by the Department of Education had helped them in preparation of lessons involving the new standards."
Overall, Walcott reported that 95 percent of parents were "satisfied" or "very satisfied" with the education their child has received, an increase from 94 percent in 2012, and 95 percent of parents reported feeling that their child's school is headed in the right direction, adds The Advance. Visit http://schools.nyc.gov/surveys for more information.