Surveys were conducted in Spring of 2017 to all stakeholders in our district. We used this data to identify areas of strengths and areas that need improvement. Below are the results of the surveys:
Grades PK-2 Survey Results
Our Pre-K through 2nd grade students expressed that communication is a strength. Over 88% felt that their parent(s) and teacher communicated regularly. An open line of communication is emphasized at the classroom level and school-wide. Modes of communication include weekly newsletters, behavior plans that include daily feedback from teachers and accountability from parents.
Nearly 30% of Pre-K through 2nd grade students expressed anxiety about advancing to the next level. To improve, we can provide an opportunity for all young students to visit the teacher/classroom that they will transition to the following year. We currently do this for Preschool transition only.
Grades 3-5 Survey Results:
Out of 61 responses, 89.6% of our 3rd-5th grade students agree that adults at our school care about them. Zero percent disagreed with this statement. This shows that our student-adult relationships are positive.
Out of 61 responses, 88.5% agree that they have learned a lot from their teachers; 0% disagreed with this statement. This shows that our students feel they are learning at Paxton Schools.
Over 13% of students in grades 3-5 feel that parents and teachers do not communicate regarding the education of students. Our strategy would be to improve in documentation of student-teacher-parent communication. We would then share this information with students when communication occurs.
Out of 60 responses, 13.35 of students in grades 3-5 believe they are not ready for the NeSA or MAPs tests. Our strategy could be to improve our communication regarding testing and tying it directly to student success.
Middle School/High School Survey Results:
Out of 92 responses, 96.8% of students strongly agree or agree that Paxton Schools teaches responsible usage of technology. This shows our technology program is effective and digital citizenship is an important part of our school.
Over 92% of respondents reported that they monitor their academic progress at least weekly. This shows that students are comfortable using technology to monitor their grades. Also, these results show that students believe it is important to monitor their grades and take responsibility in doing so.
Nearly 40% of student respondents do not feel state tests are an important part of their education. Students may feel overwhelmed by all of the state tests required of them. A strategy to improve this weakness is to create a celebratory environment before and after state testing.
Only 58.3% of respondents believe their parents and teachers communicate about student education. Students may not be aware of when communication occurs between parents and teachers. Our strategy to improve is to document student-parent-teacher communication and share this information with students when communication occurs.
Teacher Survey Results:
There are five questions in which the 24 teacher survey responses were 100% positive (agree + strongly agree). Of those five, the graphs with the most STRONGLY AGREE are "Our School Promotes Safety" 62.5% and "I Set Clear Expectations For My Classroom" 50% The other three that were 100% agree/strongly agree included: "I See Growth In My Students' Learning" "I Make Real-Life Applications Throughout My Lessons" and "I Feel My Curriculum Is Effective"
Our teachers feel that our school promotes safety because all stakeholders are involved in ongoing safety drills, trainings and crisis response team meetings.
Our teachers set clear expectations because identifying learning goals and daily objectives was a school wide teacher focus as part of the Marzano Instructional Model during the 2017-18 school year.
The response with the highest % of disagree/strongly disagree is "I'd Like To Be Involved in Before Or After School Activities (16.7% disagree + 8.3% strongly disagree for a combined negative 25% response)...The second response with a 22.9% total disagree was "We Do A Good Job Preparing Students For Middle School, High School, College or Career (disagree 20.8% + strongly disagree 2.1% = 22.9%) The third highest negative response was "I Have All The Resources I Need To Effectively Teach My Students (12.5% disagree) followed by 4th: Professional Development Is A Priority In Our School (8.3% disagree)
Our district is exploring offering more before and after school activities. Only 20.8% of our staff would like to personally be involved with any additional extra-curricular activities. This is likely because in a small district all teachers already have extra duty assignments, committee and community obligations.
The second area of concern was “We do a good job preparing students for middle school, high school, college or career.” 22.9% of teachers feel that this is an area in which we could do a better job. In response to this concern, our school wide focus is on college and career readiness in 2017-18.
Support Staff Survey Results:
A complete 100% of support staff strongly agree or agree that they clearly understand what their job expectations are. We believe that this is due to the open communication between staff, teachers and administrators.
Of 8 respondents, 50% of support staff state that they strongly agree that they have a good relationship with students. The remaining 50% state that they agree they have a good relationship with students. Overall, this is a very positive conclusion regarding staff/student relationships.
Out of 8 respondents, 50% do not agree that we are preparing our students to transition to college or career. Since this is such a small sample size, it would be good to do further questioning on this to know what areas specifically we need to address.
Of 9 support staff respondents, 22% stat that they do not see evidence of our students effectively transitioning. (This is equivalent to 2 responses.) Additional information would be needed to narrow down area of weakness; i.e. elementary, middle-school, college, etc.
Parent Survey Results:
Over 96% of respondents strongly agree or agree that Paxton Schools prepares their child(ren) to use technology responsibly. We are establishing a foundation for students to be digitally responsible adults. This is particularly important because your digital footprint follows you throughout your entire life.
Over 90% of parent respondents strongly agree or agree that the curriculum at Paxton Schools prepares their child(ren) to transition to the next grade level. It is important to set a proper educational foundation at each grade level so that our children are better prepared to be successful at the next grade level.
Approximately 1/3 of parent respondents do not agree the results from from state tests are important. We will strive for a more comprehensive explanation of how the state tests effect our students, the school, and the community as a whole.
Nearly 25% of parent respondents do not agree that their child(ren)'s teacher communicates with them as needed. As administration and staff we will strive to utilize as many channels of communication as possible so that parents feel more comfortable reaching out to teachers and more teachers can quickly and effectively communicate with parents.