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Parents Happy with APS Teachers, Survey Says

District continues to receive generally high marks in Quality of Education Survey.

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Albuquerque Public Schools parents responding to the annual Quality of Education survey overwhelmingly praised teachers for their communication on student academic progress as well as their teaching of literacy and mathematics skills, according to the report for 2012-13 that was presented to the APS Board of Education on Wednesday evening.

Most other categories also are trending upward.

Among the most favorable responses, 93 percent of parents said that their child’s teacher provides sufficient and appropriate information regarding their child’s academic progress, an increase from 92 percent last year. Also, 93 percent said school staff does a good job of teaching literacy skills, while 91 percent do a good job teaching math skills.

“Parents are saying that APS continues to improve the education that schools and teachers are delivering to their children, and that’s what we like to hear,” APS Superintendent Winston Brooks said. “We’re grateful to parents for taking the time to respond to the survey and provide feedback.”

The only category that saw a less favorable response in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12, was about safety. In 2012-13, 92 percent of parents responding said their child was safe at school, this year 90 percent of parents said their child was safe at school. According to the report, this response suggests increased parental concern probably caused by dramatic national media coverage of events at a number of schools across the nation.

The survey was returned by 34 percent of APS parents in 2012-13, up from 28 percent the previous year. The response rate over the past five years, however, is 39 percent.

Public school districts in New Mexico are required to distribute the survey to every parent with children registered in their district. The state Public Education Department determines the first 10 questions, while each district’s board of education develops the next five. Schools are allowed to add up to five items.

The State of New Mexico has required all public school districts to conduct the Quality of Education Survey since 1992.

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