Parents, do you think your voice is being heard at your child's school?
Well, you now have a chance to speak up.
The Illinois State Board of Education has come out with a new online survey that they are asking all parents, teachers, and even students to take.
The survey is called the "Illinois 5 Essentials Survey" and the state is hoping to give districts information about what they are doing well and where they still need help.
"The more feedback they can get from teachers and parents, the better they know to work with your children," said Robin Baudino.
"The more people involved, the better it will be for everybody," said Rochelle Bouche.
Robin Baudino and Rochelle Bouche both have children in the Quincy Public School district.
And both mothers say in order to help their kids succeed in the classroom, taking this online survey is a must.
The new online survey will focus on five areas: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction.
"Research has shown if you're very strong in three of the five areas you're going to be a very successful school, if you're not strong in three of the five then there is going to be issues," said QPS Interim Superintendent, Joel Murphy.
Murphy says teachers, parents, and students grades 6-12 are eligible to take the survey.
But, what exactly will be asked?
"On the students part of the survey there will be questions about the students experiences, their attitudes and their activities at schools, the parent part of the survey is questions about the parents over all relationship with the school," said Murphy.
And for mothers like Baudino, the chance to voice her opinion directly to the state is something she hopes no parent will pass up.
"With the state getting involved and making everything individualized I think parents can get more involved and feel like their voice is more important," said Murphy.
Murphy says the survey is confidential, and you have until March 31 to take it.
Murphy says if 30 percent of parents and 50 percent of teachers respond to the survey, a school report will be available to the public.
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