Family-School Relationships Survey

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 8:30am
Family Survey Results 2019-20

2019-2020 Results Released

Results from the annual Family-School Relationships Survey are now live. The survey provides insights that allow us to measure year-over-year trends for your school and the district to ensure we are best serving you and your child. Evaluating how well we are doing is central to living out our strengths and goals in our new strategic plan, ELEVATE, and we are encouraged by these results. 

School and District Results

Families are encouraged to view the results for your particular school or the district overview. 

This year, you are also able to see student data per school from the new student survey on social-emotional well-being to gain a broader perspective on the overall school. 


  • With the addition of student data, your data dashboard for your school will feature three tabs: Students, Family Members, and All Redpondents. Toggle between the difffernt data sets to see student or family responses, or view the data together. 
  • Watch as principals share why this survey data is important. 

District Strengths and Areas of Improvement

For the family–school relationship survey, we found three areas of growth and three areas we will begin to address and approve upon moving forward. This year we had surveys taken in more languages than ever before which is encouraging as we try to engage with all families from all backgrounds.

Areas of Strength

  • We saw our greatest growth in the "School Climate" category. Compared to last year‘s data we are up five percent in positive school climate, up seven percent over the last two years. One of our three major goals in our ELEVATE strategic plan is a positive climate and culture where students, parents and staff take pride in and feel connected to the district’s positive culture. Seeing a positive increase in this category shows progress in achieving this goal across the district. We also saw positive increases of more than six percent in multiple questions in this category, including areas such as the value of diversity of a child's background, creating school environments for that help children learn, evaluation systems of children’s behavior, and classroom lessons that are motivating. Through all the work of providing diverse learning opportunities through our strategic plan, these results show positive momentum in providing learning experiences that meets all student needs.
  • Another area of strength is in the staff-family relationships category where we posted our highest percentage compared to national benchmarks. We are in the 70th percentile in comparison to other urban districts in this topic (50th percentile when compared with all districts in Panorama's data set) that features questions about meeting with teachers and helping with school at home or in the building. 
  • The final area of strength is the category of district environment. From two years ago, the percentage of families who say they have a positive interaction with the district is up 5%. The greatest growth is in areas that families feel they can advocate for their student and participate in parent and family engagement opportunities. This is important as we continue to build an inclusive community of schools where students and families are learning together regardless of their zip code.

Areas of Improvement

  • While compared nationally we are doing well in the area Staff-Family Relationships, we still see less than 50 percent of families that visit the school and below 20 percent of families who meet with their child’s teacher. We would like to see this increase as a family and staff partnership is key to each child’s success, no matter their background. 
  • The only survey category that went down in percentage points is the category of "Grit", which only went down one percent over the last two years. For a survey of this size we do not consider a one percent concerning, but as we increase our efforts in the social-emotional learning opportunities, we expect this number to rise.
  • Finally, for the category of "School Fit" we are only at the 50th percentile compared to other urban districts nationally (30th percentile when compared with all districts in Panorama's data set). While we increased two percentage points this year, two questions remain at no increase: the child's sense of belonging and how comfortable they feel asking for help from school adults. Again with our increase in social-emotional learning opportunities, we hope this category and these two particular questions will increase over time as students feel more and more comfortable at school and with their leaders.