• Annual survey of students, families and staff set to begin

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    Next week Portland Public Schools will begin the annual survey that allows us to gather data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture. The Successful Schools Survey begins on Monday, Jan. 27.

    Three segments of the PPS community will take part in the anonymous survey: students, who will be asked to share their experiences in their classrooms and school; families, who will be asked about their perceptions of the school their child attends; and all school-based staff. The survey window for students runs to Feb. 14, and the family survey will be open until Feb. 28.

    The district will again work with Panorama Education. Last year we partnered with Panorama for the first time, and the 2019 results set a baseline that will allow us to measure improvement in subsequent years. The survey will cover such topics as sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as students’ thoughts and feelings on diversity, equity and inclusion in school.

    Three groups of students will take part: fourth and fifth graders at the elementary school level; sixth and seventh graders at the middle school level; and freshmen and sophomores in high school.  

    Every parent and guardian in the district will be invited to take the survey, which will be available to families in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. The family survey will be active starting Jan. 27 at www.pps.net/sss2020