Wednesday, April 12, 2017

An Experiment with Parent Surveys

Bedford School District
An Experiment with Parent Surveys

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am delighted to announce an exciting new experiment to engage families in sharing their views about our schools. In Bedford, we have always believed that when families partner with schools to support learning, student outcomes can improve. This spring we plan to test out an innovative approach to gather input from families. To do so, we are partnering with Tripod Education Partners, a national leading research and surveying organization.
How will it work? For the spring’s pilot, we will work with families in Peter Woodbury School, the McKelvie Intermediate School, and the Bedford High School. If the pilot is successful, we will explore expanding to additional schools next year. Approximately 20% of parents/guardians in each participating school will be randomly selected and invited to participate. For parents/guardians not selected, there may be additional opportunities in future years.

The randomly selected parents/guardians will receive an invitation from me. The parents/guardians who choose to participate will receive a text message each week with a link to a survey with 3-6 questions. It should take less than a minute each week for participants to respond. The pilot this spring will last for a period of 6-8 weeks.

The weekly survey will include items related to topics such as school climate, satisfaction, and the quality of communication with families. Tripod Education Partners will analyze the data collected and provide preliminary results to the district. For this spring’s pilot, our primary goal is to assess the viability and value of this approach for the Bedford Schools.
I’m looking forward to exploring this innovative model for collecting input from families in our community. I hope you will consider this opportunity to share your perspectives as we pursue our commitment to continuous improvement.


Chip McGee

The mission of the Bedford School District is to develop a community of learners who are intellectually curious, resourceful, and respectful of self and others. Academic achievement, through constantly improving standards, is the district's highest priority.
Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools
Bedford School District, 103 County Road, Bedford NH 03110
P: (603) 472-3755, F: (603) 472-2567,
Parents - If your cell phone number is in the District's PowerSchool Information System and you wish to receive alerts via text, you can text YES to 67587.

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