Survey says: Many students give their schools failing grades
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.
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.
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.