RIDE seeks family feedback on SurveyWorks

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The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is encouraging parents and guardians of children in grades 3 through 12 to share their perspectives on education and the issues affecting their families.

 The annual SurveyWorks questionnaire will provide a framework for RIDE and district schools to better engage families and incorporate their feedback into education decisions. The deadline to participate is March 31.

“Engaging families and having them feel welcome and invested in our schools is a critical piece to an overall successful education strategy,” said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner. “Parents and guardians need to be our partners in the process, so their honest feedback really does help educators and policymakers at every level to make smart decisions in the best interests of Rhode Island students. The SurveyWorks response period is quickly coming to a close, so I hope all families will seize this opportunity to have their voices heard.”

 SurveyWorks covers a range of topics affecting students, schools and families, including school safety, school climate, student expectations and teacher-student relationships. Responses are completely anonymous and confidential, and surveys are available in English and Spanish. Parents and guardians are encouraged to take the survey online, but hard copies are available and can be requested through the schools. Participants should contact their school for the survey access code, which is specific to individual schools.

Since the response period opened, thousands of Rhode Island parents and guardians have already completed SurveyWorks, and each Friday, on social media and in its department memo, RIDE recognizes a school that has high participation rates.

To learn more or to view survey questions, visit surveyworks.ride.ri.gov. Join the conversation and encourage your school community to participate using the hashtag #RIFamilyVoices.

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