Parent survey highlights belief that involvement impacts student achievement
May 31, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
District Contact: Rayanne Schmid, communications coordinator
936-569-5000, ext. 8845 (office) or 936-585-1518 (Cell)
NACOGDOCHES — Respondents to an NISD parent survey found that 98 percent believed that parental/guardian involvement is positively related to a child’s achievement.
“It is our goal, as a district, to continue finding ways to bring our parents into the schools and make them a part of the educational process,” said NISD superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes.
Currently, there are multiple parent volunteer organizations on campuses including Emeline Carpenter Academy of Technology and Science’s “Watch DOGS — Dads of Great Students” and Raguet Elementary’s “Cast and Crew.”
On a district level, a Parents Are Leaders group is forming. The program seeks to mobilize parents into a proactive force to help determine needs of the district, problems facing students today, solutions to solve some of those problems and assist in nurturing the positives within NISD.
The response to the question was part of an online Parent Engagement and Satisfaction Survey offered during the spring semester. The survey was designed to help the district understand concerns of its parents, isolate its strengths and find opportunities for improvement.
It focused on 10 topics — academics, communication, discipline and respect, homework, monitoring student progress, outreach and engagement, quality and satisfaction, responsiveness, school climate, and school pride. The survey gave parents the opportunity to respond to 55 multiple-answer questions, eight demographic related questions, and three open-ended comment questions.
Approximately 490 of the district’s 6,400 families took the time to complete the 15-minute questionnaire.
Other replied included:
• 88 percent said they attend most school events offered to parents such as parent-teacher conferences and open houses;
• 79 percent believe they know how to get school information when they need it;
• 77 percent feel welcome at their child’s school;
• 73 percent say the school staff is courteous and helpful; and
• 70 percent understand the school’s academic expectations for their child.
The district targeted the following responses as areas of improvement:
• 37 percent of respondents believe their child’s school is superior to other schools in the area;
• 31 percent thought their child’s school does a very good job of meeting the needs of its students;
• 28 percent say the school does a great job of challenging their children to his or her full potential;
• 28 percent responded that their school is well regarded in the community.
“At NISD, we strive to continually improve the quality of education,” Hayes said. “We also see the importance of sharing the phenomenal accomplishments happening in our schools.”
An ad, which appeared in the May 26 Daily Sentinel and which will appear again June 2, highlights the numerous achievements on every NISD campus.
“There are so many opportunities which only can be found in Nacogdoches County at NISD,” Hayes said.
He noted the three magnet schools that focus on the arts, dual language and science and technology; the nearly 80 Career and Technology courses and 15 certifications available through the high school; as well as the largest group of students earning college credits in Stephen F. Austin State University classrooms through the Early College High School program.
“We offer students every opportunity to be successful, whether they choose to become a phlebotomist while still in high school or leave with a healthy start toward their college degree,” Hayes said.