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Parent Survey Report
Findings May, 2007

In an effort to gauge parent satisfaction with their child’s school, its system of assessment, and its method of communication, the New York Performance Standards Consortium (NYPSC) conducted a survey of parents whose children attend Consortium schools. Consortium schools use a system of performance-based assessment in lieu of high stakes Regents exams to determine readiness for graduation. A total of 842 surveys were analyzed. Where applicable, responses were compared with data presented in a 2006 Gallup poll regarding public opinion of the nation’s public schools.

Consortium data compared with Gallup poll:

  • While the Gallup poll found that 64% of public school parents polled nationally assigned their child’s school an A or B, an overwhelming majority of Consortium parents (86.2%) felt their child’s school deserved an A or a B.

  • The Gallup poll found that 50% of parents polled nationally believed that the curriculum of their child’s school needed to be changed compared with only 10.5% of Consortium respondents.

  • Interestingly, only 8.1% of Consortium parents and 17% of Gallup respondents believed the percentage of students passing state tests was a better measure than improvements shown by students during the school year when measuring the performance of their child's school.

Parent satisfaction with communication from child’s school:
  • 92.5% of Consortium parents believed that the communication they received from their child’s school had been clear and easy to understand.
  • 90.6% of parents stated that they were satisfied with the level of communication they receive from their child’s school.
  • 94.6% of parents felt their child’s school made efforts to communicate with them.

Parents’ trust in their children’s teachers was evident:
  • 94.5% of parent respondents felt their child’s teachers cared about their child’s progress.
  • 95.0% believed that their child’s teachers have a good idea of their child’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • 93.7% preferred teacher assessment of student work and progress compared to 39.4% who trusted testing corporations’ assessments of their child’s progress.
  • 90.6% of parents stated that they preferred to read or hear the teacher’s evaluation of their child as opposed to receiving a computer print-out evaluation form (4.3%).
  • 92.4% of parents trusted their child’s teacher to prepare them for college-level work.

Survey conducted by the Center for Inquiry, New York City

Consultant to the survey: Dr. Walter Haney of the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) at Boston College


The New York Performance Standards Consortium: College Performance Study (PDF)

"Do the graduates of the New York Performance Standards Consortium schools perform well in college? Do these schools prepare these students -- mostly African-American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged -- for college-level work?

Martha Foote, Director of Research

Phi Delta Kappan, January 2007