Understanding Data



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Park View Middle School.

Please note: SurveyWorks is currently on hold, starting with the 2014-15 school year.

SurveyWorks is an updated way to collect and analyze meaningful perceptual data.

Each year RIDE administers an opinions-and-perceptions survey to all students, parents, teachers and administrators. To support student achievement, school communities and the public need to know if the children feel safe, if the teachers feel supported, and if the parents feel their school is responsive — among other things. SurveyWorks is age appropriate for each level — elementary, middle and high school — but it covers roughly the same areas of questioning for all three levels.

You can find the most recent survey results by using the School and District Data page to access your school's landing page, which has a link to the whole document under the SurveyWorks Reports section. You can find a more in-depth breakdown, with questions clustered around specific topics, in our Advanced Reports section.

For more information on the survey, visit the SurveyWorks website.

What matters about school-community opinions and perceptions?

All parents want their children to succeed in school and to build a strong base for a successful life. But research shows that test scores are often not parents' top priority. Parents want to be assured their child is being nurtured and cared for both socially as well as academically. Parents who are shopping for the right school might also be especially concerned with finding after-school, sports or arts programming. Some seek diversity, or school uniforms and discipline. Measuring these subjective factors is more difficult than measuring academic achievement, but the surveys greatly help.

Survey information about how students are feeling about their school experience will help teachers and administrators better understand how they might remove obstacles to learning. School Improvement Teams in particular should be using survey results to understand how their school climate and interpersonal relations could be improved to facilitate learning.

Comments and questions about the survey or the results can be submitted to InfoWorks at infoworks@ride.ri.gov or via the feedback form.

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