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Important information for PWSD parents – Have your say in education

January 23, 2018

What if you could have a direct impact on education and play a role in ensuring that your school is equipping your child for success? You can. Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) reminds parents to complete and return Alberta Education's annual Accountability Pillar Survey by February 23, 2018.

An annual check-up on the education system, the Accountability Pillar Survey uses a number of indicators to determine how Alberta's schools are measuring up. All surveys are anonymous and ask questions designed to provide feedback on student learning opportunities; the safe and caring school environment; student learning achievement at the Grades K-9 and 10-12 levels; student preparation for lifelong learning, world of work, and citizenship; parental involvement; and the school improvement process.

In larger schools, the survey will be open to all teachers, and Grades 4, 7 and 10 students and their parents. Students and teachers will complete an online survey at school. Parent surveys, sent out by Alberta Education, are expected to arrive in mailboxes sometime between the end of January and early February. Schools with fewer than 120 students enroled in Grades 4-12 will see the survey expanded to include all students in Grade 4 and above, and their parents.

Superintendent Sheldon Rowe says it is very important for parents to complete all questions in the survey.

"We're interested in hearing from as many parents as possible on how our schools are performing," says Mr. Rowe. "Parents have an opportunity to influence their child's education simply by completing and returning the survey by February 23rd. If parents are unsure of what is being asked in any part of the survey, it's best to contact their child's Principal for clarification. Skipping sections or selecting the "Don't Know" response will impact our understanding of how we are doing in those areas."

Parents can learn more about programs and initiatives offered by their child's school by reading the Accountability Pillar information sheet included in recent school newsletters or sent home in students' backpacks.

Once Alberta Education gathers and analyzes surveys, results are made available to school divisions in May 2018. The easy-to-read colour-coded results chart is included in PWSD's annual Three-Year Education Plan and the Annual Education Results Report.

For more information about the Accountability Pillar Survey, visit http://www.education.alberta.ca/accountability.

Photo Caption: Each year, Alberta Education asks parents, teachers and students to provide input on the education system by completing the Accountability Pillar Survey.