Sur­vey says: Many stu­dents give their schools fail­ing grades

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s -

Many Up­per Canada District School Board stu­dents give their schools low marks, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent poll.

Only 64 per cent of stu­dents are sat­is­fied with their ed­u­ca­tion, con­cludes the UCDSB Ip­sos Cul­ture Sur­vey, which also found that 68 per cent feel their school has the equip­ment and ma­te­rial nec­es­sary for their suc­cess and achieve­ment. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the board level to staff is im­prov­ing, with 68 per cent say­ing that they are “very or some­what” well in­formed of what is hap­pen­ing within the UCDSB. How­ever, an area of fo­cus will be work­ing to im­prove com­mu­nity re­la­tions be­tween the board and schools.

Im­prove­ments to sup­port staff well-be­ing have re­al­ized pos­i­tive re­sults, but more can be done to sup­port the men­tal and emo­tional needs of staff and work/life bal­ance.

Good en­gage­ment

Some 69 per cent of stu­dents be­lieve that staff at their school en­gages stu­dents in the learn­ing process.

“The sur­vey of staff and stu­dents is taken every four years to un­der­stand the cur­rent learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for stu­dents, job sat­is­fac­tion lev­els among staff and, in a more gen­eral sense, the cul­ture of our schools,” says the board.

1,746 re­sponses

The on­line sur­veys re­ceived 1,746 re­sponses from staff, and 5,866 re­sponses from sec­ondary stu­dents.

In re­sponse to these find­ings, trustees passed a mo­tion in re­sponse to sur­vey re­sults re­quir­ing the Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion to:

De­ter­mine a range of strate­gies to en­gage par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties;

Con­tinue a re­view of sec­ondary pro­gram de­liv­ery mod­els and how a com­mon timetable will as­sist in more choice for stu­dents;

Bet­ter in­form the school district about ways the board is dis­tribut­ing re­sources as part of its strate­gic plan­ning process;

Con­tinue to col­lab­o­rate with groups such as the Stu­dent Se­nate to bet­ter un­der­stand the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence as it re­lates to availabili­ty of ma­te­rial and equip­ment for their suc­cess;

En­sure grad­u­a­tion rates re­main a pri­or­ity and that stu­dents de­velop the con­fi­dence to get their diploma and are aware of sup­ports the district of­fers to help them ob­tain it;

Pro­mote wellness re­sources avail­able to all staff through the Em­ployee As­sis­tance Pro­gram; and Re­port back on the out­come of the four-school pi­lot project test­ing a com­mon as­sign­ment sched­ule.

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