Survey rates school system

Adults, students' views go online

Staff WriterJune 27, 2007 

— More than 12,500 parents, teachers and students weighed in on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in January.

Now the survey results are posted online with breakouts of the scores for individual schools.

"I think we look good in a big-picture view," Diane Villwock, director of instructional services, told the school board last week.

The district paid Harris Interactive about $30,000 to conduct the survey.

Previous surveys were done in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2002.

The survey results will guide the making of the district's strategic plan and individual school improvement plans next school year.

WHAT'S GOING WELL

* Assistant principals earned higher approval than ever from teachers and other staff.

* Teaching quality reached a new high score with secondary students.

* School buses got their highest ranking ever from both parents and elementary and secondary students.

WHAT'S NOT

* Secondary school principals received their lowest score ever from their students.

* Teachers and other staff gave their lowest score ever for involvement and decision-making.

* The score the teachers and other staff gave Superintendent Neil Pedersen fell from a high in 2002.

WHERE TO READ IT

Go to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Web site at www.chccs.k12.nc.us to review data on the district or on particular schools, as well as suggested improvements.

Staff writer Cheryl Johnston Sadgrove can be reached at 932-2005 or cheryl.sadgrove@newsobserver.com.

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