February 22, 2019 School Experience Survey Draws Record Response
School Experience Survey Draws Record Response
While 80 percent of teachers say they enjoy teaching at their school,
25 percent feel they lack the materials needed to do their job well,
highlighting the need to move money and decision-making closer to schools
Participation in Los Angeles Unified’s annual School Experience Survey climbed to record highs this year, with more than 300,000 students, teachers and school-site staff responding to questions about campus climate, academic support and social emotional learning opportunities.
Completed last fall by students in Grades 4-12 and by teachers and staff in all elementary, middle and high schools, the survey helps principals determine what is working at their campus and what areas need to be improved. The 10th annual survey included questions about how safe, welcoming and collaborative respondents view their school; the level of engagement; and their belief in their own abilities.
The newly released results show that 95 percent of teachers, 91 percent of school staff and 82 percent of students completed the anonymous survey. Results from the parent survey are expected in early March. Parents were given the opportunity to use a paper version of the questionnaire which takes longer to analyze.
Highlights of the School Experience Survey results include:
- More than 90 percent of staff reported feeling safe on campus, while a lower percentage of students expressed that belief.
- More than 75 percent of all students said they can increase their intelligence through hard work.
- More than 75 percent of staff said they had the materials to do their job well.
- More than 80 percent of teachers say they enjoy teaching at their school.
Student, teacher and staff results for individual schools can be viewed at lausd.net.
“We welcome the thoughtful feedback we received from so many members of our school community,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “This feedback will help inform great education.”
School Board members said the survey is an important tool for principals as they work to accelerate student achievement.
“Thanks to you – the community of teachers, staff, students and families who participated in the annual school experience survey,” said Board President Mónica García. “We are grateful for the hard work of the Data and Accountability team who are instrumental in the process of collecting and analyzing the results of the survey. The information gathered helps us to be learners so that the District can continue to move toward greater outcomes for our children. Your voice counts, and we hear you!”
“Our goal is to ensure all kids in Los Angeles get a great education,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “We can only reach that goal by ensuring that our students and employees all feel safe, supported and respected in school.”
“I have served the children and communities of Los Angeles Unified for almost 40 years as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and elected Board Member. I am so inspired by the positive results of the recently released School Experience Survey,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “They strongly validate what I know to be true: Los Angeles Unified schools are welcoming, safe and limited only by the egregious lack of resources we need to make sure that every child succeeds.
“Our schools thrive on collaboration and we should be encouraging and celebrating the collective action needed to keep public education in Los Angeles on the front burner – not isolating our schools,” he continued. “The results of the survey cannot be reduced to how resources are distributed if the adequacy of funding and services is not addressed. I applaud all the students and staff who participated in the survey!”
“The School Experience Survey helps school leaders, Local Districts and the Board hear directly from our school stakeholders to guide ways to build on our successes and address our challenges,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “The survey shows that, while a majority of students feel safe at their school, we must do more to ensure every student has a safe and supportive learning environment. I’m glad to see an even higher response rate this year so we can truly capture what’s happening every day at our schools and make decisions accordingly.”
"The results of the survey demonstrate we have come a long way to make our schools locations where students feel valued and safe,” said Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “We still have a long way to go to make academic performance match the improvements to the school climate, but with our students more engaged in the learning process than ever before, we will get there."
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