Ninety-seven percent of parents who responded to Anne Arundel County Public Schools’ fourth annual Parent Community Engagement Survey said their child feels safe at school, and 94 percent said they are satisfied with both the school system and their child’s school, according to results released this week.
More than 12,530 parents filled out the 2011-2012 survey, a decrease of 6 percent from a year ago. The survey was available in four languages, and respondents had the option of completing it online or filling out paper copies. Conducted since the 2008-2009 school year, the survey is used to gauge whether schools are welcoming, family friendly, and communicate to parents about programs and activities effectively. Results are used to judge progress on community engagement goals in the system’s Strategic Plan, which runs through the end of this school year.
Ninety-three percent of respondents said they were well informed about events and activities at schools, the same percentage who said their child’s school provides an opportunity to share parental concerns.
“Creating safe, supportive, and welcoming learning environments where parents have the opportunity to be key partners in the education of their children is critical to the success of our students,” Superintendent Kevin Maxwell said. “This survey shows we are doing a good job, but there is more work to be done.”
The surveys represent parents of more than 20,500 AACPS students, or approximately 27 percent. A summary of the results for the county, each cluster, and individual schools can be found on the school system’s website at www.aacps.org/surveyresults.
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