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Record Number of NYC Students Teachers and Families Complete NYC School Survey

  • Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 Updated: Wed Jan 08, 2020

More than 1 million responses show high level of satisfaction & enthusiasm with NYC schools

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza announced the results of the 13th annual NYC School Survey. This survey is one of the nation’s largest annual surveys. In 2019, a record 1,026,220 students, teachers and families across all five boroughs participated, the fourth consecutive year with more than 1 million responses, and up from 1,014,400 in 2018.

“The School Survey represents our commitment to listening to our students, educators and families, and learning from their feedback,” said Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza. “We received a record number of responses, which show high levels of satisfaction with our schools and programs and will guide us – from the classroom to the Chancellor’s office – as we prepare for the coming school year. I thank all those who participated.”

Overall, survey responses continue to indicate a high level of satisfaction with the City’s schools. In 2019:

  • 96 percent of families reported satisfaction with their child’s education.
  • 96 percent of families reported satisfaction with the response they got when they contacted their child’s school.
  • 81 percent of students responded that their school offers a wide enough variety of programs, classes, and activities to keep them interested in school.
  • 96 percent of teachers agree that the school helps students plan for how to meet their future career goals.
  • 88 percent of teachers said that the Principal at their school communicates a clear vision for their school.

The survey included questions about Pre-K for All, as well as 3-K for All in its second year. The responses reflect strong enthusiasm for these programs. In 2019: 

  • 98 percent of families felt good about the way their child’s teacher helped their child adjust to Pre-K or 3-K.
  • 95 percent of families felt their child’s teacher gave them helpful ideas on how to support their child’s learning.
  • 95 percent of families felt their child’s teacher let them know that they can make a difference in their child’s learning.

The NYC School Survey represents the DOE’s ongoing commitment to listening to and learning from students, families and educators. The Chancellor has prioritized community empowerment in every facet of our school system, starting with his listening tour in Spring 2018 and including the launch of the new Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications; new mayoral and Chancellor forums with parent leaders; adding a new Student Voice Manger; and making improvements to the CEC election process. This year’s survey was available online and in print in ten languages, and completed by students, teachers, and families between February 11 and April 25.

The survey is designed in partnership with the Research Alliance for NYC Schools and aligned to the six core elements of the Framework for Great Schools: Rigorous Instruction, Collaborative Teachers, Supportive Environment, Effective School Leadership, Strong Family-Community Ties, and Trust. Research has demonstrated that schools strong on the elements of the Framework are more likely to produce gains in attendance and student achievement. School communities use survey responses to identify areas of strength and areas of improvement, and make changes that can lead to improved student outcomes. In collaboration with the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, the survey is refined annually to provide actionable, Framework-aligned feedback about each school.

“The Survey is a powerful tool for understanding the important perspectives of students, teacher and parents across the City,” said James Kemple, Executive Director of the Research Alliance for NYC Schools. “It also provides compelling information about school capacities and conditions that research has shown to be important for improving teaching and learning. The improved response rates increase the credibility of the survey as a source of high-quality evidence that can inform district policies and practices.” 

Survey questions and results can be found online.


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