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Parents Survey: 46 Percent Rate GVSD Excellent Overall

The October survey was sent to 3,645 email addresses of parents, a 32-percent response rate.

At a GVSD school board work session Monday night, district communications officer Jennifer Blake presenting the findings from an overall parent satisfaction survey sent to district parents in October.

The survey was sent via email to district parents, and of the 3,645 email addresses reached, 1,173 parents responded. School board member Andrew Daga called the 32-percent response rate an "amazing response rate" for a survey of this kind.

The 16-question survey contained one open-ended comment section and 15 questions that asked parents to rate the quality of services offered by the school district.

More than 90 percent of respondents rated both the school district as a whole and individual schools as "excellent" or "good." The percentage of respondents who called schools "excellent" decreased from 55 percent at the elementary school level to 38 percent at the high school level, a trend that school board members said was worth investigating more in future surveys.

A PDF of the full results is available on the district website.

Here are a few of the results.

Overall, how would you rate Great Valley School District? (1,173 respondents)

  • Excellent: 46 percent
  • Good: 50 percent
  • Fair: 4 percent
  • Poor: 0 percent

How would you rate your child's elementary school? (649 respondents)

  • Excellent: 55 percent
  • Good: 42 percent
  • Fair: 4 percent
  • Poor: 0 percent

Please rate the quality of your child's elementary school education program (curriculum and subject content). (649 respondents)

  • Excellent: 47 percent
  • Good: 48 percent
  • Fair: 6 percent
  • Poor: 0 percent

Overall, how would you rate Great Valley Middle School? (360 respondents)

  • Excellent: 46 percent
  • Good: 50 percent
  • Fair: 5 percent
  • Poor: 0 percent

Please rate the quality of your child's middle school education program (curriculum and subject content). (360 respondents)

  • Excellent: 40 percent
  • Good: 54 percent
  • Fair: 7 percent
  • Poor: 0 percent

Overall, how would you rate Great Valley High School? (404 respondents)

  • Excellent: 38 percent
  • Good: 55 percent
  • Fair: 7 percent
  • Poor: 1 percent

Please rate the quality of your child's high school education program (curriculum and subject content). (404 respondents)

  • Excellent: 39
  • Good: 53
  • Fair: 9
  • Poor: 0

From the open-ended comments question, 462 responses were received, Blake said. The district will look for common categories in responses—which run the gamut from praise for individual teachers, schools and the school board, to criticisms of each, school board president David Barratt said—and use the input for the future.

Moving forward, school board member Bruce Chambers said, the goal is to institute an annual parent satisfaction survey, with the aim each year of raising scores.

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