The Galatia School District will join the Illinois State Board of Education in providing a unique opportunity for teachers, students and parents to have a role in improving their school.
Between Feb. 1 and March 31, teachers, students, and parents will be asked to take a 15 minute research-based survey to help Identify strengths and weaknesses in their school's climate and learning conditions, according to a press release from Galatia Unit 1.
Dr. Beth Rister, Galatia superintendent, said, "I think most administrators would agree to encourage all teachers, students, and parents to make their voices heard not only to Impact change, but help provide a more robust picture of school performance."
The five indicators or "essentials" of the Illinois Essentials Survey are:
- Effective leaders;
- Collaborative teachers;
- Involved families;
- Supportive environment;
- Ambitious instruction.
Data will be generated to help schools target resources and make decisions that help accelerate learning and test score gains. This survey which is required to be implemented this school year, represents the first attempt by a state to administer a statewide survey of learning conditions to teachers, students, and parents. This Information will be shared with local school districts this summer and be part of the 2013 school report card, usually released by ISBE In the fall.
Parents may call their school district for further Information and/or timelines.