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Good news & Areas of Focus from our School Quality and Climate Survey

July 14, 2016

Sometimes you just need to take a moment to celebrate good news.  

When we asked students, parents, and employees for feedback on the quality of Saline Area Schools, we knew we would identify areas where we could improve next school year.

What we learned is that our community is overwhelmingly pleased with our schools.

Of the almost 3,000 people who took our School Quality and Climate Survey, 96 percent of parents, 90 percent of staff members, and 90 percent of students rated their school as excellent or good. And 65 percent of parents said their child’s school is excellent!

We also learned that parents and students are overwhelmingly positive about the technology access in our schools, that students and employees have strong relationships, and that employees believe we set high learning standards for all students.

But those findings don’t mean we don’t have work to do.

Only slightly more than half of participating students said their teachers successfully show them how their lessons relate to life outside of school. We want our curriculum to come alive for our students, so we’ll continue to work to make these connections.

We also saw the fewest number of positive responses to questions about safety and behavior. Notably, a large number of participants said they didn’t know about our safety procedures or our bullying prevention and response programs.

That tells me we need to be doing more to make you aware of how we’re ensuring that our schools are a safe place for students.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this process. You’re helping us turn our students into lifelong learners who graduate with the skills they need to succeed — no matter their chosen path.

I will be sharing the formal results at the August 9th Board of Education meeting, but I wanted to share these insights now with the community.

If you didn’t have a chance to participate in this survey, or you have additional thoughts to share, we’re always listening with Let’s Talk! I’d love to hear what you have to say. Click here to start a conversation today!

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