1. Introduction

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey by TLA, Inc., an advocate for educators, families and children. Your feedback is important to us and each response will be considered with a goal of improving our service, especially from the perspective of partnerships with families. The data collected here may also serve as the basis for future research conducted by TLA, Inc., its partner organizations and authorized collaborative entities.

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The survey should take less than 15 minutes of your time. Your answers will be completely anonymous unless you choose to share contact information with us (for the express purpose of follow-up interviews). No answer is right or wrong. None will reflect upon you so please answer frankly.

Hearing from everyone is important so please encourage your fellow educators to participate too. If everyone shares this survey with a friend, our results will be truly meaningful.

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1. Does your school encourage families to be involved in their child's education?

2. Do families feel welcome at your school?

3. Has your school communicated to families specific ways in which they can be involved in their child's learning?

4. Put yourself in the place of a typical parent at your school and ask: How useful are the following in letting them know about learning goals the school has for students? (Please mark one response for each item.)

  Excellent Good Fair Poor
Open Houses
Grade Level Orientations
Parent-teacher conferences
PTA/PTO Meetings
School/Parent Newsletter
School website
Other School Meetings and Events
Written Communication from School

5. Again, put yourself in the place of a typical parent at your school: Rank below most parents' preferences for receiving information about their child's school work and activities (from most preferable to least- one check per row).

  1st Choice 2nd Choice 3rd Choice 4th Choice 5th Choice 6th Choice
Telephone Call
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Written Notices
Home Visits
School Website

6. Are teachers and school leaders/administration accessible when parents need to discuss an issue or idea?

7. Do families whose children attend your school feel teachers and school leaders/administrators are interested and will cooperate when they talk about academic or other student issues?

8. On a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the most, how much anxiety do you feel when talking with a parent or family member about a child's progress?

9. Do the parents of your students understand what their child should know and be able to do in reading and math for his/her grade level?

10. What percentage of parents have that understanding?

11. Are report cards and progress reports easy for parents to understand?

12. Do parents have a clear understanding of ways they can help out the school or classroom by volunteering?

13. Name the two best ways you think parents can help their child succeed (be specific).

14. When you talk with most of your parents about test scores, do they understand what those scores mean?

15. Do you believe parents should have a role in special school planning and review committees?

16. Which of the following would be most helpful in assisting parents at your school in attending Title I and other school activities (mark all that apply):

17. Of the following activities, which were most well attended at your school by parents (or represent the activities most appealing to parents) so far this year?

  Yes No
Annual Meeting of Title I Parents
Open House
Grade Level Orientation
Parent-teacher conferences
PTA/PTO Meetings
Creating or contributing to the School/Parent Newsletter
Title I Program Planning/Evaluation
Written Communication with the school
Development of Parent Involvement Plan
Development of School-Parent Compact
Explanation of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and School Improvement
Parent Advisory Committees/Councils
Explanation of State Standards/Curricula
Family Reading/Math Nights
Observing/Volunteering in the Classroom

18. Among all the activities listed above, why do you think most absent parents chose not to participate?

19. What in your understanding is the difference between parent involvement and family engagement?

20. Can parents be involved in their children's education without coming to the school?

21. If you answered "yes" to the previous question, what does your school do to encourage families to be involved with their children's learning at home?

If you answered "no" to the previous question, please provide an explanation of your reasoning.

22. What percentage of the parents of children in your school do you believe understand what a Title I school is?

23. If you are a classroom teacher, please identify which grade level you taught this year:

24. If you were an administrator, resource teacher or other educational professional during this school year, what was your title?

25. What is your school's percentage of students eligible for the Free and Reduced Lunch Price Program?

26. What is the enrollment at your school?

27. Which ethnic/racial groups represent the three largest portions of your school's population?

28. What is the zip code for your school?

29. If you are willing to talk with one of our researchers further, please provide your name, home or school address (street, city, state, zip), and an accurate email address.

50% of survey complete.