by Lori Morrow
A few weeks ago, I watched the April 28th Board of Education meeting at home and
was surprised to hear about a $120,000 survey to determine community
perceptions of PGCPS. I agree with comments made by some board members that
night: We already know many of the negative perceptions that persist from existing surveys.
A few months ago, I noticed each of the school pages on the PGCPS website includes a link to the 2013 School Climate Survey, as well as a note indicating the next biannual survey would be published in Fall 2015. I recall getting an email to fill out the survey last June, and know that my son participated in a survey this school year.
I’ve been attempting to get a copy of this climate survey report and, after more than two months and many emails, I was finally able to access a copy of the report this very morning from a helpful staff member in the Research and Evaluation Department. I was particularly interested in the report for my son’s middle school because of comments I regularly hear from him. While a quick comparison with the 2013 report does show some improvement for the school, a number of areas are rather disappointing.
- 31% of Parents disagree with the statement that they are proud to send their
child to this school
- 31% of Parents do not believe that teachers will provide students individual
attention if needed.
- 44% of Students disagree with the statement that they feel safe in school.
- 61% of Students do not believe that students respect the authority of
teachers at this school.
- 54% of Students do not feel like they are an important part of their school