School district launches ‘Family Engagement Survey’


A “Family Engagement Survey” has been launched by the Rome school district to assess families’ views on current functioning of schools.

The survey, which includes 50 rating-scale questions and three commentary questions, was posted Friday on the school district website at online. Answers are anonymous.

The survey is a requirement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), district Superintendent Peter C. Blake said Monday; ESSA is a revision of the prior No Child Left Behind law, involving national requirements for public school education.

For this year, added Blake, the survey is only for districts with schools identified for needing Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), and in the future will be required for all school districts in the state; Denti, Gansevoort, Joy and Staley elementary schools in January were identified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as needing CSI based on factors including students’ academic performance, as part of the state’s implementation of ESSA.

The survey is to help “develop our district and school plans,” said a district introduction to the survey.

Among various questions in the survey, it asks participants to specify the school being commented upon; indicate how long their child/children have attended the school; rate their satisfaction with the school; and indicate preferences for how to receive communication about school events.

The survey is being conducted by PLC Associates, Inc., based in Florida and New York.

Among other requirements that have been cited by NYSED for schools identified for CSI are to participate in an on-site needs assessment led by an outside educational expert and a team assembled by NYSED; develop an annual School Comprehensive Education Plan to submit to NYSED for approval; establish a participatory budgeting process or an approved alternate means of increasing parent and student participation in decision-making.


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