For the First Time, Over 1 Million Students, Teachers, and Parents Complete NYC School Survey

  • Posted: Wed Jul 27, 2016 Updated: Fri Apr 20, 2018

Parents Continue to Express High Satisfaction with City Schools

NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the results of the tenth annual NYC School Survey. For the first time ever, survey participation exceeded one million respondents, with 1,002,196 students, teachers, and parents completing the survey. This year’s results revealed continued satisfaction with New York City schools, and parents expressed high satisfaction with the City’s Pre-K for All initiative, which offered a free, full-day, high-quality pre-K seat for every 4-year-old for the first time in 2015-16. Now in its tenth year, the School Survey represents the Chancellor’s ongoing commitment to promoting transparency, using evidence to inform educational policy, and engaging with communities to increase student achievement. 

The survey results indicate wide-ranging satisfaction with the City’s schools. In 2016, 95 percent of parents reported satisfaction with their child’s education, the same percentage as in 2015. 

For the first time, the survey also included questions specific to parents’ experience with their child’s Pre-K for All program. Pre-K programs operate in district schools, NYC Early Education Centers, charter schools, and DOE Pre-K centers and results from all pre-K parents reflect strong partnership between parents and teachers to support student learning. 97 percent of pre-K parents were pleased with how teachers helped their children adjust to pre-K, 97 percent of parents reported satisfaction with how their child’s pre-K program welcomed their family into pre-K, and 95 percent agreed that their child’s pre-K teacher gave them helpful ideas about how they could support their child’s learning. 

“This year’s survey results recognize the hard work our school leaders and teachers do every day to create supportive and rigorous classrooms,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “As we work towards equity and excellence in every public school across the City, parents are our partners, and it’s great to see over one million New Yorkers – including a record number of parents – sharing their input. Together, we’ll continue the progress we’ve made and make New York City the best urban school district in the nation.” 

The percentage of students, teachers, and parents participating in the survey citywide increased to 63 percent, from 62 percent last year. Parent participation in the survey increased in four boroughs – from 48 percent to 49 percent in the Bronx, 50 percent to 52 percent in Brooklyn, 49 percent to 50 percent in Manhattan, and 50 percent to 53 percent in Queens – and stayed constant at 55 percent in Staten Island. 

For the second year in a row, the survey was 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. Together, these elements form a robust foundation for student achievement and allow communities to clearly identify and address areas of improvement. In collaboration with the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, this year’s survey was refined to ensure actionable, Framework-aligned feedback about each school. 

“It’s exciting to see a record number of students, parents and teachers as partners in learning and improvement. Our annual School Survey provides the feedback necessary to create tools that support a whole-school effort to identify promising practices, challenges, and ultimately work hand-in-hand to try new things and keep improving,” said Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning. 

“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the NYC Department of Education to ensure that the School Survey is a useful tool for assessing school capacity. We look forward to continuing this important work, providing meaningful feedback on each school’s capacity to support effective teaching and learning as measured by the Framework elements,” said James Kemple, Executive Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University. 

“New York City’s leaders in early education have taken a bold step here by putting together the kind of rich information that parents are seeking to identify the best pre-K program for their child and family,” said Pamela Morris, a pre-K researcher and Vice Dean of Research and Faculty Affairs at New York University. “What is so impressive about this is that it represents part of a larger commitment to the use of information to strengthen the Pre-K for All program. The City continues to be at the forefront of such efforts nationwide.” 

Survey respondents also showed continued satisfaction with the Schools Chancellor. This year, 76 percent of parents were satisfied with the Schools Chancellor, up from 72 percent in 2013. 

The survey’s questions and results can be found on the nyc school survey website
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