District seeks parent/guardian input through annual Educational Effectiveness Survey
Walla Walla Public Schools is teaming with the Center for Educational Effectiveness to administer the annual Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES). This anonymous survey tool is used annually to help the district better serve parents and students through its commitment of continuous improvement. The district will use the data to track progress towards its Strategic Plan goals and initiatives.
This week the district will begin administering the survey to parents. Parents are asked to complete a separate survey for each child's school using their own electronic devices. Paper copies are also available by request from the child’s school and have been mailed to homes. The survey, available in multiple languages, takes about 10 minutes to complete and is accessible online using the link sent to parents and guardians. The parent survey closes Friday, Oct. 29. Students and staff are also taking the Educational Effectiveness survey.
“This survey helps the school district get a full picture of how staff, families and students perceive their school and their place in it,” said Superintendent Dr. Wade Smith. “This year it is especially important to get this feedback as the district begins preparing for its next five year strategic plan.”
The district is also conducting their regular statistically reliable community telephone survey of Walla Walla citizens. This annual phone survey provides the school board input on how well they are doing in their governance and policy role. The district encourages community members to respond to the survey if they are one of the randomly selected telephone recipients.
The survey questions were developed by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, a Washington-based educational research firm, in collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State. This survey has been used with over 750,000 educational stakeholders in the Western U.S. and provides a powerful tool for district staff to benchmark current school perceptions with high-performing schools across the nation.