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Parents More Satisfied with Quality of Education, Survey Says

APS continues to receive high marks in annual Quality of Education survey.

Parents are more satisfied with the quality of education their children receive in Albuquerque Public Schools, according to an annual survey presented to the APS Board of Education on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

The survey gives parents an opportunity to provide feedback about APS safety, facilities, instructional environments, parent engagement, student responsibility and testing.

Results show improvement in every category required by the state Public Education Department. According to the 2015-16 survey:

  • 94 percent of parents believe their child is safe at school.
  • 94 percent are pleased with the amount of information they receive about their child's progress in school.
  • 92 percent support high expectations of students and holding them responsible for their own learning
  • 90 percent feel their child's school is in good shape.
  • 88 percent feel their child school has up-to-date technology.

In addition, parent opinions have improved in recent years on the availability of extracurricular activities and consistency of discipline. They also felt better about the meaningful ways for them to be engaged in their child's education.

“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 Raquel Reedy said. “We’re grateful to parents for taking the time to respond to the survey and provide feedback.”

The survey was returned by about a third of APS parents last school year, a typical return rate for the past decade.

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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