Friday, 20 January 2012

Accountability Pillar Survey

This week grade 7 parents should be receiving the Accountability Pillar Survey.

As an annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar provides an opportunity for Alberta Education and school authorities to ensure that we’re equipping students for success.

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators consisting of surveys of students, parents and teachers on various aspects of quality; student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates; and provincial assessments of student learning.

From January to the end of February, Alberta Education will be conducting the annual Accountability Pillar Survey.  In January, parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will receive a survey from Alberta Education.  In February, students in grades 4, 7 and 10 and all teachers will be completing their surveys online at school. 

All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with the school.  In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Chinese, Punjabi, Arabic, Blackfoot, Cree, Korean, Spanish and Tagalog. 

Your participation in the survey helps provide important information on the quality of education your child is receiving, so we encourage you to return your survey promptly. Please note that  “don’t know” answers impact results.  The percentage of satisfied respondents is based on the total number of respondents.  “Don’t know” responses count in the same category as the dissatisfied or very dissatisfied responses.  You  have two options:  
·         Answer “don’t know” if they wish their response to count as a negative response
·         Skip the individual question if they don’t know the answer but don’t want the response to count as a negative one
Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2012, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports. MidSun School uses these reports as part of the data that informs our School development plan and we appreciate the feedback we receive from parents.  Thank you for taking the time to fill out these forms.

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