Student Perception Survey: What Parents Need to Know
This year we are
administering a student perception survey (SPS). The questions in the survey
will ask your child to give feedback about his or her teacher and learning
experiences. The goal is for teachers to use student survey results to become
even better teachers.
A permission slip
is not needed; we simply want to keep you informed.
What This Means for Your Child and Other
Your child should
know that his or her voice and classroom experiences matter. The student survey
is a way for students to communicate their thoughts to teachers without any
negative consequences. The survey results will be confidential. Teachers will
not receive student names with their survey results.
Every student in
the district will most likely take the survey at least once, and some students
will take it more than once (for different teachers). While we want all
teachers to receive feedback from their students, we are also trying to make
sure that students are not completing multiple surveys when it’s not necessary.
What This Means to You as a Parent
We know that
having a great teacher is the most important school-based factor in your
child’s success. The student survey is one of many tools our school district
can use to provide teachers with feedback to help them improve. Schools will be
stronger and your child’s teachers will be better. Ultimately, your child’s
learning will improve, too.
What This Means for Teachers and Schools
The purpose of the
SPS is to provide educators with more feedback about how they can improve to
increase student learning. Common practice in teacher evaluations is for
principals to observe a teacher instructing a lesson and to provide him or her with
feedback on strengths and weaknesses. While the principal’s feedback helps
teachers improve their instruction, teachers can improve even more when given
information from students who are in their classrooms every day.
The surveys are not designed to measure whether students
like or dislike their teacher. Rather, the focus is on how teachers and the
classroom environment help students learn.
How Can I Learn More?
Visit The Colorado
Education Initiative website at www.coloradoedinitiative.org/studentsurvey to learn more
about the SPS and to see the survey questions.
A Survey That Gives Students a Voice!
What is a student
student perception survey is a way for you to tell us about what happens in
classrooms. We really want to know what you think. Are you nervous about
sharing your feelings and experiences? Maybe you’re afraid that if you do,
nothing will happen to change things.
How will a survey help
purpose of the survey is to learn from the people who know the most about
teachers—YOU. After all, you
spend more time with your teachers than any adults do. You know firsthand what
it’s like to be in your teacher’s class, and we want you to share these
experiences so that teachers keep doing the things that work and can improve
the things that don’t work as well.
isn’t a popularity contest for teachers. The survey doesn’t ask whether you
like or dislike your teacher. It’s about how your teacher helps you learn and
be successful in school.
are some sample questions: If the work is too hard, does your teacher help you
keep trying? Does your teacher care about you?
needs feedback to get better. That’s why teachers correct your homework and
tests—so that you know what
you did right and how you can improve. This survey is your opportunity to give
teachers feedback so that they can get better at teaching.
Who is going to see my
survey? Will my teacher know how I answered the questions?
worry—your responses to the survey will be private. Your teacher and principal
will not know how you answered the questions. Your grades will not be changed
or affected by your responses, so feel free to answer honestly.
So how does the survey
survey has 34 questions. You may be asked to take the survey for more than one
teacher, but you won’t have to take it for all your teachers.
Where can I get more
free to talk to your parents, teachers and principals. You can also visit the website
of The Colorado Education Initiative, the organization that developed the
survey, at www.coloradoedinitiative.org/studentsurvey.