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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Students, parents & teachers rate neighborhood schools in annual survey

By Becky Koppenhaver

The L.A. Unified school district has released its yearly School Report Card (SRC) for each  individual school in the district.  The report contains a wide range of information on things such as students’ views on the safety and cleanliness of their campus and whether or not they feel valued by teachers. Many Eastside and Northeast neighborhood schools, particularly elementary schools, fared well on the report card, including Elysian Heights Elementary.

Each report card  takes a comprehensive look at the performance of each school and contains data gathered from students, parents and teachers. The reports are a wealth of information for parents of children who will be entering a public school in the fall, but more importantly, according to L.A. Unified, the reports are designed as a checklist for parents interested in keeping track of the progress of their children and their school.  For school faculty, it is a detailed glimpse into the specific needs of students, and a tool for improving their educational experience.

All school employees and students in grades 3-12 from L.A. Unified schools were asked to complete a survey. In middle and high schools, a sample group of parents were given the opportunity. High school reports include information about graduation rates and students plans for the future.

The SRC for Elysian Heights Elementary, which serves students from Echo Park and Elysian Heights,  found that of the 123 students (about half of enrolled students) that completed the survey:

  • 89% felt what they’re learning takes a lot of thinking.
  • 85% said adults at their school know their name.
  • 78% said their school is clean.
  • 92% said they are safe on school grounds

Of the 109 parents that completed the survey:

  • 100% said they feel welcome at their school.
  • 63% said they talk with the teacher about their child’s schoolwork.
  • 94% felt their child is safe on school grounds.

According to the school report card website, the higher the survey response rate for a school, the more confident you can be that the results are representative of the entire school community. In the future, schools need to work to increase parent, student and faculty survey participation to make sure everyone’s views are represented, according to the report.

Interested in how your neighborhood school is doing? Click here to look up your school.

Becky Koppenhaver is a freelance writer covering schools. You can send Becky story tips and ideas at becky@theEastsiderLA.com

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