Results of Family Engagement Survey Released by Fairfax County School Board
The Fairfax County School Board has released the results of Fairfax County Public Schools’ 2018-19 Family Engagement Survey, which solicited parent opinions and feedback on a variety of topics that impact student achievement. More than 29,000 family members took the survey to provide the family perspective, or “voice,” which is critical when partnering to inform and improve practices related to educating every student and meeting their needs.
“We’re very pleased with the positive feedback received in our Family Engagement Survey as it illustrates the critical importance of strong family-school partnerships in maintaining healthy communities,” said School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders. “The results reinforce our commitment to equity in ensuring that every student has access to the resources and opportunities needed for success. When schools and parents work together as partners, we can promote our students’ academic, social, and emotional development. The School Board is committed to working with the Superintendent to address areas of improvement that were raised in the survey.”
Parents recorded the highest percentage of agree and strongly agree responses at 87 percent when asked about whether the school provided a welcoming environment. Ninety-two percent of participating parents agreed or strongly agreed that their child’s school welcomes families of different backgrounds and cultures, that they feel welcome at their child’s school, and that their child feels safe at school.
“The survey results indicate that our schools are doing an outstanding job in creating and maintaining a welcoming and safe environment,” said Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand. “The results also provide an opportunity for improvement. By working to better support families as partners to help children succeed in school and by enhancing our family engagement activities, we can enhance our commitment to foster a responsive, caring, and inclusive culture.”
The survey was designed using best practice principles in the field of family engagement to reveal parent opinions on the following topics: Welcoming Environment, Communication, Student Success, Advocacy, Family and School Partnerships, and Collaboration with the Community. It was distributed to parents in English and eight additional languages, and serves as baseline data to help FCPS better recognize, understand, respect, and address family strengths and needs in the school community. Results will be used to develop a plan to improve family and school partnerships throughout the division moving forward. Survey results will be shared with school communities, and the survey will be repeated regularly to improve communications, involvement, and engagement of FCPS families.
FCPS partnered with K-12 Insight to develop the survey and has shared copyright. The survey is on its way to becoming a standard in the state and nation for gauging family engagement in schools.
For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Family and School Partnerships at 703-204-4300.