NYC Schools Survey Results Show High Overall Satisfaction, Improved Pathways to College

  • Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2015 Updated: Mon Apr 23, 2018

The results also reveal significant improvements in schools’ work preparing students for the future, with more parents responding that their child’s school is preparing them for college

NEW YORK – Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the results of the ninth annual NYC School Survey, which revealed high levels of student, parent, and teacher satisfaction with our schools. The survey was completed by 951,424 students, parents, and teachers between January and April 2015, and is a critical piece of the Chancellor’s continuing commitment to engaging school communities and collaborating with parents, students, and teachers to improve achievement across our schools. 

The results suggest high overall satisfaction with the City’s schools, as 95 percent of parents report satisfaction with their child’s education. The results also reveal significant improvements in schools’ work preparing students for the future, with more parents responding that their child’s school is preparing them for college and careers and more students identifying a school staff member who is guiding them towards postsecondary options. Teachers are more satisfied with the quality of their Common Core-aligned professional development – for the first time this school year, all teachers across the City had 80 minutes of professional development time every week – and have seen general improvement in their schools: 87 percent of teachers would recommend their school to parents, up from 81 percent in 2014. 

The 2015 NYC School Survey is the first survey aligned to the DOE’s research-based Framework for Great Schools that provides the Strong Schools, Strong Communities support structure and measures school capacity across its six critical elements: rigorous instruction, supportive environment, collaborative teachers, effective school leadership, strong family-community ties, and trust. By aligning questions to these critical elements – and including results in the upcoming 2014-15 School Quality Reports – the improved survey provides a clear picture of each school’s strengths and helps school leaders and school communities identify and address areas for improvement. The survey results suggest high overall parent, student, and teacher satisfaction across all six Framework elements. Over 90 percent of parents highlighted their school’s strong family-community ties, responding that the principal and staff worked hard to engage them and create a sense of community. 

“Today’s survey results recognize the diligent and inspiring work of educators across the City to serve students and families,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “But more importantly, they also offer a blueprint for continued improvement across the six elements of the Framework for Great Schools. I look forward to working with school communities as they use these results to identify areas of improvement, and develop the right supports and solutions to address them. The more we listen to the feedback of students, parents, and teachers, the better our schools are going to be.” 

According to survey results, parent and teacher satisfaction with the Schools Chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy both increased significantly this year. Parent satisfaction with the Schools Chancellor and Panel are at 75 and 76 percent respectively, up from 71 percent and 73 percent in 2014. In Chancellor Fariña’s first full school year, teacher satisfaction with her nearly doubled to 60 percent from 31 percent. Teacher satisfaction with the Panel jumped from 28 percent to 49 percent. The results of this year’s NYC School Survey, designed in partnership with NYU’s Research Alliance for New York City Schools, also showed that students feel significantly safer in their classrooms and school buildings. 

“The survey results present a whole school panorama for school communities to reflect on as they take on challenges, make adjustments, and create solutions so we can best serve 1.1 million students,” said Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning Phil Weinberg. “I know that educators across our City make a tireless commitment to continually improve, so it’s no surprise that over 90 percent of parents feel connected to their school’s principal and staff. As we enter a new year, I’m thrilled to know that schools will use these survey results to work collaboratively to improve teaching and learning in ways that will ensure a lifetime of success for all students.” 

“We have been pleased to partner with the NYC Department of Education to develop a school survey aligned with the new Framework for Great Schools. The retooled survey focuses on dimensions of the school community that past research has found to be critical for improving student outcomes. The goal of this work is to equip schools with actionable information they can use to support teachers and serve students more effectively. We look forward to continuing this work to help refine its measurement system and assess the impact of the Framework on teaching and learning,” said James Kemple, Executive Director, Research Alliance for New York City Schools at New York University. 

“The survey asks parents across the City what we think about our schools so we can be best-positioned to be partners in improvement,” said Natasha Capers, public school parent and Coordinator for the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice.“We’re glad that the survey will be used as a serious evaluation tool from which we can create change around issues that matter to us when it comes to ensuring all students succeed. Parent and student engagement cannot end with the survey; we need ways to make our voices are heard by everyone: teachers, principals, superintendents, and Chancellor Fariña throughout the year.” 

“The new Framework provides a new type of school assessment that not only grades schools, but looks into the why schools are doing well or poorly,” said Steve Strongin, Global Head of Investment Research at Goldman Sachs. “By going deeper into the whys, schools can focus on areas of weakness and build on areas of strength more efficiently and more effectively. The net result should better schools with less time and money spent on unnecessary changes and more time and resources focused on problems that impact our children’s education and their lives.” 

The survey questions and results are publicly available online in the school survey section

Contact: Chancellor’s Press Office (212) 374-5141 
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