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 are 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 7 will receive a survey from Alberta Education. In February, students in grades 7 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. We should also like to remind you 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. Students, teachers and parents who “don’t know” the answer to a particular question have two options:
If you want your response to count as a negative response: answer “don’t know”
o In this case, 10 respondents answer “don’t know”
o Calculation based on 100 respondents: 30 very satisfied/strongly agree; 20 satisfied/agree; 20 dissatisfied/disagree; 20 very dissatisfied/strongly disagree; 10 don’t know
= 50% satisfaction rate
If you don’t want the response to count as a negative one: skip the individual question
o In this case, 10 respondents skip the question
o Calculation based on 90 respondents: 30 very satisfied/strongly agree; 20 satisfied/agree; 20 dissatisfied/disagree; 20 very dissatisfied/strongly disagree;
= 56% satisfaction rate.
Survey results will be available to school authorities in May 2014, and will be reported publicly as part of their 3-Year Education Plans and Annual Education Results Reports.