Division News

Division News

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

Posted on April 20

Parents and guardians have another way to participate in the education system at Northland School Division (NSD). Until April 28, 2021, NSD schools will be working with parents to fill out the Alberta Education Assurance Survey.

“Alberta Education Assurance Survey, parent and guardian participation rate is of high importance to NSD,” said Robin Guild, Board Chair. “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.”

The Alberta Education Assurance Survey 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,” said Dr. Nancy Spencer-Poitras, Superintendent of Schools. “All of us working together will positively impact the success of NSD students. Thanks so much for participating in this important survey!”

The surveys are being delivered to all NSD schools. Parents and guardians who have in-school learning or at-home learning 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 to help parents and guardians fill out this important survey. Please contact your local school if you have any questions. 

Rachel Ferguson said on March 22, 2021

I saw your post about a survey. I would like share some of my thoughts.
My daughter was in the Grouard school last year (2019/2020) and our expertise was great.
My daughter would cry at times because she said her grade 3/4 teacher would call her number 19 at times.
I would also volunteer my time if needed but was never called.
The beginning of 2020/2021 school year I decided to put my girl in the online group. We got a crome brook for to work on. A price of paper with instructions on how to get on. But no username or email she had to use. Was not given passwords.
I called in for help and left voice-mails but only got her school email and password. After that none of my voice-mails was returned.
I also a zoom meeting for the parents to be able to voice their concerns but i never got the zoom meeting number or password.

Also, when I was told school was switching to pick up and drop off when the pandemic first started in March 2020 I was only told I could pick on certain date. I then was told someone would call when the drop off date would be. No one called. I found out from a poster in the store a few weeks later that missed 2 drop off dates.

I ended up just letting my girl switch schools. Why ask me as parent to be part of this process if I keep being miss informed. I tried to reach out left voice mails but just never got answers. I felt like because I am not from here just staying in the dorms like we was an outcast.

Hopefully there is some good change that comes out from the surveys

SHIRLEY ANNE WHITEHEAD said on March 23, 2021

Can the survey be completed online. I was looking for it and can't seem to locate it.
Thank you

Charlene Boucher said on April 22, 2021

I cannot access the link to do the survey??