Public school (district and charter) families, if you haven't already, please take a few minutes to participate in Rhode Island Department of Education's SurveyWorks at http://surveyworks.ride.ri.gov/. Taking the survey allows you to express what's working well and what needs improvement at your children's schools - it's a real way to weigh in about what matters.
You probably already know about the survey from notes home and other communications from your kids' schools - if not, you should know that you need a code for your kid's school to take the survey, which you can find out from the school. Otherwise, you just need about 10 minutes - just click on the Take a Survey link and get started. You can and should take the survey once for each kid you have in school.
If you don't want to or can't take the survey online, the site provides a way to print out a hard copy which you can return to your child's school or you can get a hard copy at your child's school. The survey is available in Spanish and English. The survey closes in a week, on Thursday, February 16, so take it while you can.
What happens to the data that are being collected? That's a real question from me. I think and hope it's shared with the school's principal and teachers so they can know what's working well and what isn't.I hope that if an area of concern emerges for a school, school staff members reach out to parents to learn more. I hope it's used to inform future planning for parent and family involvement.