New survey results show public school parents, students and teachers have a high level of satisfaction with their schools.
More than half of the parents of public school students in the Bronx took the Department of Education’s (DOE) survey, whose results were released last week. Among all public school parents, 95 percent said they were satisfied or highly satisfied with the education their children received last school year.
This, even though about 70 percent of students in grades three through eight failed new state tests last spring.
The surveys account for 10 to 15 percent of a school’s annual Progress Report grade — a rating that figures in considerations of whether or not to shut down schools.
Most schools in the Northwest Bronx showed a small jump in satisfaction with academic expectations, communication, engagement and safety and respect, although many also scored below the city average in those categories.
“If a majority of student bodies or parents are satisfied with what they’re getting, I guess that’s a fair indication of the feeling,” District 10 Community Education Council President Marvin Shelton said.
Parents, teachers and students completed the surveys from February to April — several months before they found out about surprisingly low scores in state math and reading tests.
Ratings in all four categories improved at PS 7, PS 24, the Multiple Intelligence School (PS/MS 37), the David A. Stein Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy, AmPark Neighborhood School (PS 344), P.S. 360 and the IN-Tech Academy.
Ratings also rose at six schools surveyed from the JFK campus except for the school bearing the site’s name.
Scrutinizing an individual school’s report can often provide a view of particular issues affecting a campus. Other times, the reviews provide only a partial picture of the schools.
Scores in all four categories at PS 24 came in below the city average. Academic expectations there rated 7.3 on a scale of ten, with the average for other public schools at 8.3.
However, the spokesperson for PS 24’s Parent Association, Joe Zizzo, described the teachers’ responses as contradictory.