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School Quality Survey: What We Learned

May 30, 2018

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Saline Area Schools is strongest when everyone in our community feels safe, welcome, and valued for their input.

That was a key finding from our recent School Quality Survey, which we conduct every year to better understand our educational community. The findings help us determine our strengths, identify opportunities for improvement, and build stronger schools.

I was pleased that 2,404 people participated in the survey, including 1,522 parents and guardians, 244 staff members, and 638 students in grades 6-12. This is a higher number of responses than last year. I truly believe that every voice matters when it comes to our district and schools. Because we heard from so many people, I’m confident we can make meaningful changes across the district.

Here are some top findings:

  • 97% of parents, 96% of staff members, and 83% of students who took the survey rated their school as excellent or good
  • More than 90% of participants said their school has high learning standards for all students
  • While 78% of participating staff members and 65% of participating parents and guardians said teachers successfully show how lessons relate to life outside of school, only 34% of participating students said the same
  • There is a noticeable discrepancy between student and staff member perceptions regarding teachers providing timely and helpful feedback on student work
  • 90% of staff members, 88% of parents and guardians, and 68% of students who took the survey said students receive the support they need to prepare for the future
  • While 87% of participating staff members and 78% of participating parents and guardians said students at their school receive support that addresses their individual needs, only 60% of participating students said the same
  • More than 84% of participants said their school is safe
  • 91% of staff members, 76% of parents and guardians, and 65% of students who took the survey said that students are treated fairly regardless of race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disabilities

Thank you to everyone who took the time to share their thoughts. We’ll use all of the feedback to develop responsive campus and district action plans and make meaningful improvements throughout Saline Area Schools.
Have questions about the survey results or how we’re using them? Let’s Talk! I look forward to hearing from you!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Steven Sheldon permalink
    May 30, 2018 9:34 am

    Is there a way to try to further understand the student’s comments where they believe they are not getting the support they need to prepare for the future? Also, only 65% of the students believe they are treated fairly. I’d be curious to better understand this response.

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