The Auburn Enlarged City School District will conduct a survey designed to engage the community and increase involvement in discussions about improving schools.
The survey is being mandated by the New York State Education Department for "focus" districts and schools, which applies to the Auburn district and its schools. The district has a "focus" designation due to the low performance of its students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students, according to the state.
The survey will launch Feb. 11 and is designed to identify strengths and areas for improvement of the district and schools, according to a press release from the district. Parents, teachers, staff and students will be asked to weigh in on how well they believe their schools are performing in the areas of vision, curriculum, management, collaboration, action and advocacy.
The independent research firm K12 Insight will administer the surveys, which will be completed anonymously. Personal and identifying information about survey respondents will never be seen by district administrators or state officials, according to the district.
While students will take the survey at school, parents, staff and teachers will receive an email inviting them to participate. A link to the survey will also be available on the district website: http://district.auburn.cnyric.org. Surveys can also be obtained at all school buildings, Seymour Library or by calling Karen Vasile at 255-8800.
The survey will close March 1. Results will be shared with a team of district representatives and state officials and then addressed in focus groups of students, teachers and parents. Superintendent Constance Evelyn will then bring the results to the community.