Each year, M-DCPS conducts the School Climate Surveys involving parents, students, and staff. The purpose of these surveys is to gather information regarding what these groups think about the school and their perceptions concerning how the school can be improved. Results have been provided in considerable detail in order to facilitate an in-depth view of the learning climate at each school. The organization of the materials is as follows along with survey return rates:
Demographic Data: Frequency distributions of selected demographic items are included for parents, students, and staff. The staff return rate may differ slightly from the figure that was listed on-line during the data collection period because submissions which had no items marked were deleted from the final count.
School Results: Results for parents, students, and staff are reported separately for each school. Results for a school as well as results for all schools at the same organizational level or focus (i.e., elementary, K-8 centers, middle, senior high, vocational/adult education, and/or alternative/ special centers) are also included. The percentage of respondents in each category (strongly agree, agree, undecided/ unknown, disagree, and strongly disagree) is provided.
Some schools may not have data reported for a particular responding group. In some cases, the survey was not administered because it was not appropriate for the population (e.g., only students in grades 4 and above completed the student survey). In other cases, the number of surveys returned did not meet minimum reporting requirements.
Several methodological factors must be considered when interpreting the results from these surveys. First, random samples of parents and students were selected to participate in the School Climate Surveys. How representative or alike respondents are to the groups they represent, determines the degree to which these findings can be generalized to all parents and to all students at a school. The enclosed information regarding the demographics of survey participants will help in this determination.
In addition, response rates vary among individual schools. One's interpretation should also be tempered with respect to the proportion of parents, students, and staff not responding at a school. Refer to the demographic data for this information. For comparison purposes or trend analysis, prior year data are also available on this web site for individual schools.
Finally, the opinions offered in the survey represent anonymous and self-reported perceptions on the part of parents, students, and staff and may not precisely describe the actual situation at your school. However, these opinions represent a reality to the respondents and should afford insight into the impression your school is making on the local community.
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