Chancellor Porter Launches the 15th Annual NYC School Survey

  • Posted: Mon May 10, 2021

Students, parents, and staff members can complete the survey until June 11

NEW YORK Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter announced today the launch of the 15th annual NYC School Survey, one of the nation’s largest annual surveys. The survey will be available online in ten languages for all parents and teachers, as well as students in grades 6-12, to complete by June 11. The NYC School Survey helps school leaders understand what members of their community think about the learning environment at their school and informs improvements to schools and programs.

“The annual NYC School Survey is key in helping us to address the unique experiences of our students and families and in making sure we come back from this pandemic strong,” said Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter. “I urge our students, parents and staff members to complete the survey by June 11 so we can ensure everyone’s voice is heard and continue to strengthen our school communities. We need your input now more than ever.”

“Our collaboration with the district on the NYC School Survey is a powerful example of research informing policy and practice,” said James Kemple, Executive Director of the Research Alliance for NYC Schools. “The Survey collects information about school characteristics and capacities that studies suggest are important for effective teaching and learning. We look forward to continuing our work together and urge teachers, students and parents to complete the Survey, so their perspectives are represented in the results.”

The NYC School Survey represents the DOE’s ongoing commitment to listening to and learning from students, families and educators and is designed in partnership with the Research Alliance for NYC Schools. In response to the pandemic and based on last year’s participant feedback, minor revisions were made to the survey this year to reflect current learning models, improve existing measures, and strengthen clarity.

The survey is aligned to the Framework for Great Schools and collects 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 drive student achievement. Research has demonstrated that schools strong on the elements of the Framework are more likely to produce gains in attendance and student achievement.

The survey is available to all members of school communities online at All survey responses are due by June 11, and the parent and student surveys are available online in ten languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Families without online access should contact their school for assistance. Some schools requested and received printable versions of the survey and will be in touch with their families about filling them out in person.

Results from the survey are included in each school’s School Quality Snapshot available online and in each school’s School Quality Reports, available online as searchable web-based and mobile-ready tools.