How do you feel about your school district? About the school your child attends?
One of the primary mechanisms for the Fargo Public Schools to gauge parent satisfaction with their child’s school’s performance is through stakeholder surveys. This year for the first time, the District will administer AdvancED’s perception surveys to students, staff and parents.
AdvancED dates back to 1895. It is a global membership organization of three accreditation agencies, including the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (or just NCA, for short), in which the District is a member. AdvancED represents colleges, school districts, and education providers, and it facilitates self-evaluation and external review for its members.
AdvancED’s perception surveys are becoming a part of the District’s annual review process. The surveys are research-based, and measure things that cannot be measured by a state or local assessment such as safety, culture, and climate. They link opinions of students, parents and staff about their school or district to five Standards for Quality:
- Purpose and Direction
- Governance and Leadership
- Teaching and Assessing for Learning
- Resources and Support Systems
- Using Results for Continuous Improvement
The surveys and results are used as a part of the District’s continuous improvement strategy. At the District level, the surveys affirm goals and action plans, or illustrate a need to modify them. At the building level, they are used to design school improvement activities that address the needs of students, staff and parents. Additionally, the results help provide data for the accreditation process, and help gain public and legislative support for initiatives that improve the District and/or its learning environment.
The AdvancED survey is now available online, and on paper at the school building. It will remain open through March 22. The survey takes only minutes to complete, and gives us a wealth of information on how to better serve you as your K-12 institution.