Chancellor Fariña Launches Ninth Annual Citywide Survey of NYC Public Schools

  • Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2015 Updated: Mon Apr 23, 2018

Survey Responses Are Due April 2

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today visited Creston Academy in the Bronx to announce the launch of the ninth annual New York City School Survey of public school students and parents. The survey is among the largest annual surveys in the nation and is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make our schools stronger sites of learning. The teacher survey was released in early January, and completed online through mid-February. Last year, a total of 981,253 parents, teachers, and students participated in the NYC School Survey.
The NYC School Survey, designed in partnership with the Research Alliance, is now aligned to the DOE’s research-based Framework for Great Schools. The survey will collect vital information about a school’s capacity across six essential elements – Rigorous Instruction, Supportive Environment, Collaborative Teachers, Effective School Leadership, Strong Family-Community Ties, and Trust. A school’s performance across these elements reflects its ability to meet students’ needs and improve achievement.
“We place critical value on the feedback we get from parents, students and teachers through the survey as we make decisions, innovate and improve our schools,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The survey presents an incredible opportunity for school communities to tell us what they need to create supportive and academically rigorous classrooms, engage the students and families they serve, and make our schools a place where all our children can learn and thrive.”
Parents of students in all grades have already started receiving paper surveys, backpacked home in bright green envelopes or distributed at school events. Parents may also choose to take the survey online at the NYC School Survey website, where the DOE is tracking the number of online surveys submitted in real time. Students in grades 6 through 12 will receive and complete their surveys in school, either on paper or online. All survey responses are due by April 2.
To meet the needs of New York City’s diverse school community, the parent and student surveys are available both on paper and online in ten languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.  The School Survey is part of Chancellor Fariña’s commitment to building strong relationships with families and communities to drive innovation and enrich our schools. The Chancellor has taken meaningful steps to engage families in the collaborative process of educating our City’s children. Specifically, she has held dozens of Town Hall meetings in collaboration with Community Education Councils across the five boroughs and meets regularly with parent leaders. Additionally, the Chancellor has welcomed more than 1,000 parents to all-day Chancellor’s Parent Conferences at Tweed Courthouse.
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