Chancellor Fariña Urges Parents to Complete 10th Annual NYC Public School Survey

  • Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

Survey Available Online and in Print in 10 Languages to be completed by April 1. New Report Shows Survey Linked to School Improvement

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today urged families to complete the 10th annual NYC School Survey of public school students, parents, and teachers. 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 better places to learn. Last year, a total of 951,424 parents, teachers, and students participated in the NYC School Survey. 

A new report from NYU’s Research Alliance for New York City Schools highlights the importance of School Survey results. The study analyzed longitudinal data from the NYC School Survey and found that aspects of school capacity measured in the survey are closely linked with other important outcomes, including student achievement and teacher retention. These findings demonstrate that survey measurements capture school capacity and provide crucial feedback that helps drive school improvement. 

This year’s NYC School Survey, designed in partnership with the Research Alliance, will continue to capture school capacity and provide valuable feedback, as it is aligned to the DOE’s research-based Framework for Great Schools. The survey collects 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 – that research shows drive student achievement. 

“Feedback from all members of an educational community is critical to ensuring each school is a place where all our children can learn and thrive,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The survey presents an unparalleled opportunity for parents, students, and teachers to give schools feedback on fostering supportive and academically rigorous classrooms and engaging all students and families.” 

“There is a growing body of evidence that students, parents and teachers provide insights into key areas of school capacity that are associated with improvements in teaching and learning,” says James Kemple, Executive Director of the Research Alliance. “When they share their perspectives on the survey, therefore, they are providing essential information that schools and the district can use to strengthen their work.” 

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, where the DOE is tracking the number of online survey submissions in real time. Students in grades 6 through 12 will receive and complete their surveys in school, either on paper or online, while teachers will take the survey online. For the second year, Pre-K centers will also be participating in the survey. All survey responses are due by April 1. 

To meet the needs of New York City’s diverse school community, the parent and student surveys are available both on paper and on the NYC school survey website in 10 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. 
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