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Families give District 191 high marks on year-end survey

On topics around academics and school culture, District 191 families gave their children’s schools high praise on a year-end survey this spring. 

More than 90 percent of participants said their family feels welcome at their child’s school, and 90 percent agreed that their schools provide a safe learning environment. About 84 percent agreed with the statement “my student sees themselves represented positively in the curriculum” and 85 percent agreed that “teachers honor the way my child learns.”

In previous years, the annual family survey was only given to elementary school families and the survey was not conducted in 2020 due to COVID. This year, the survey was opened to families with students in preschool through 12th grade, so the full results are not comparable from year to year. 

However, comparing just this year’s elementary level responses to the 2019 results shows improvement on almost every question, especially in terms of the percentage of families that said they “strongly agree” with positive statements about their children’s schools.

For instance, the percentage of elementary families that agreed their child’s school provides a safe learning environment rose from 91.8 percent in 2019 to 94.4 percent this year, and the number who “strongly agree” with that statement rose from 60.3 percent to 76.3 percent.

Similarly, 89.3 percent of elementary families said their child’s school is preparing them for the next level, bolstered by 54.4 percent who “strongly agree.” That’s up from 86.3 percent who agreed in 2019, including 35.1 percent who “strongly agree.”

“We have been working incredibly hard to ensure our students and families feel valued and safe in our schools, and that each student can find their pathway for success during school and after graduation,” Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle said. “I’m grateful to see families tell us that they’re having excellent experiences in One91 schools.”

782 responses were submitted to this year’s survey, which was conducted online. 

Starting in the 2020-21 school year, District 191 is rolling out its nationally recognized “Pathways” model to include preschool through 12th grade. At every stage, the district is creating learning opportunities that create a sense of wonder, interest and discovery in each and every student. Learn more at www.isd191.org/pathways.

Statement

2019

(elem. only)

2020

(elem. only)

2021

(all responses)

% of respondents who said they Agree or Strongly Agree

Our family feels welcome at this school. 95 94.8 93
My child's school provides a safe learning environment. 91.8 94.4 89.9
Students at my child's school are treated fairly no matter their race, primary language, or socio-economic background. 88.9 91.4 87.1
I believe my child's learning is preparing him/her for the next level. 86.3 89.3 78.4
My student sees themselves represented positively in the curriculum. 88.3 91.6 83.7
Teachers honor the way my child learns. 91.1 82.2 84.8
I am well informed about my child's progress in school. 84.7 89.6 83.8

 

  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School