Roughly 73 percent of parents questioned believe the educational environment provided by the district is appropriate for their child, according to a satisfaction survey conducted last May by the district. Ninety-four percent of parents said they are familiar with the programs and services offered, and 84 percent are familiar with specifics of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004.
More than 400 people (332 parents, 98 district staff) participated in the survey. For parents, the survey focused on their experiences in obtaining services, how they view communication with their child's teachers and the district, their engagement levels and the frequency of their child's evaluations.
What Staff Said
Staff topics focused on parent communication, perceptions of parent engagement, the evaluation and instruction of special needs students, and working conditions for special education teachers.
Roughly 95 percent of staff said they believe they're implementing state and federal guidelines, and 92 said they knew what is expected of them. That includes 89 percent who said they are held accountable for using data appropriately and effectively.
Though largely positive, the results also show parents want improvements in district-wide services, parent and staff communication, and special education delivery.
Improvements that staff members highlighted include include more collaboration time with general education staff, adjustments to how assignments are
determined, and a closer working relationship with district administration.
“We launched this survey to learn stakeholder perceptions of our special needs services,” Superintendent Dr. Daniel said. “As we look toward the future of our district, community input will play a vital role in our strategic planning.”
The full survey results can be seen on the district's website.
The Birmingham Public Schools is also conducting a civil rights compliance review survey through Oct. 1. Visit the website for the online survey and participate today.