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Another opportunity for NSD parents to participate in their child’s education

Posted on January 24

Parents and guardians have another way to participate in the education system at Northland School Division (NSD). Until February 23, 2018, NSD schools will be working with parents to fill out the Accountability Pillar Survey.

“Accountability Pillar Survey parent/guardian participation rate is of high importance to NSD,” said Gord Atkinson, Superintendent of Schools. “We want to have as many parents and guardians as possible complete the survey. We need parental involvement so we can learn what is working in schools and what needs improvement. They are essential in terms of making sure students are strong in identity, healthy and successful.”

The Accountability Pillar uses a set of 16 indicators. Data on these indicators consists of surveys of students, parents, guardians, and teachers on various aspects of education quality, student outcomes such as dropout and high school completion rates, and provincial assessments of student learning. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions about experiences with your school. In addition to English and French, the parent survey is available in Cree and Dene. The responses collected in the survey are provided to and reviewed by all school staff, the board of trustees and the Alberta Government.

“The feedback we receive from parents and guardians in the survey will help to shape school and divisional planning which directly impacts the educational experience for each child,” Atkinson.

The survey has been mailed all NSD schools. Parents and guardians who have students in grades 4, 7 and 10 will be asked to fill out the survey (unless the school has fewer than 120 students in grades 4-12 in which case the survey will be expanded to include all parents and guardians).

Schools are implementing strategies such organizing an event and home visits to help parents and guardians fill out this important survey. Please contact your local school if you have any questions.