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Only a fraction of QPS parents are giving feedback


Parents: are you skipping out on your homework?

Quincy Public Schools administrators are asking for your help to pave a straighter path to improvement in the state's Five Essentials Survey.

But QPS Assistant Superintendent of curriculum and instruction Patricia Sullivan-Viniard says only a fraction of moms and dads have weighed in.

The Five Essentials Survey is brand new this year and it lets the schools know what they're doing right and where they need to improve.

Teachers, students, and parents are all asked to fill them out and Sullivan-Viniard says the only group that isn't getting that homework turned in right now are parents and guardians.

"We really want their voice to be heard," said Sullivan-Viniard. "We want their feedback and their opinions to come our way because that will help us plan and inform our school improvement practices and plans."

Sullivan-Viniard says right now only 13 or 14 percent of the parents have completed the surveys online, but the school won't get to see any of that feedback unless 30 percent of parents respond.

WGEM sat down with parent Julie Rupert as she signed in to take the survey.

"We think, 'Oh it's going to take ten or fifteen minutes.' It took less than three minutes to get on the web site, to get it started, and to do it," said Rupert.

Sullivan-Viniard says parent and guardian opinions are vital.

"We can have a perception. Staff or administration," said Sullivan-Viniard. "But you really don't know for sure until you hear directly from students. We have the student survey part and until you hear directly from the parents or guardians."

So what's on the survey? Questions about your child's homework, safety, how welcome they feel at school. Originally parents had until the end of March to get that done. But it has been extended now through April 12.

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