In 2010 Arlington Public Schools (APS) in conjunction with the assistance of the polling company™, inc./WomanTrend conducted the bi-annual Site-Based Survey. The Site-Based Surveys are designed to provide school level feedback from students, teachers, and parents on issues including school climate, instructional support, cultural competence, the physical condition of the buildings, and related information.
Responses collected in the survey are shared in aggregate with principals in the schools, and some items are directly comparable to the results from the Community Satisfaction Survey, a county-wide study conducted most recently in 2009. Principals may use the 2010 Site-Based Survey results to monitor change and progress with respect to school management plans, and may evaluate their performance in comparison to their school level and to the county as a whole.
This process invited feedback from students, teachers, and parents in three separate surveys administered during the 2009-2010 school year. Questionnaires were developed based on past site-based surveys, and with the input of the Planning and Evaluation Office, the Superintendent's Advisory Committee on Accountability and Evaluation, senior staff, and a number of stakeholder groups. The questionnaires were designed to respond to the Arlington Public Schools' Strategic Plan goals, and provide the results for a number of the indicators used to measure progress in these areas.
Arlington Public Schools prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy or marital status. This policy provides equal access to courses and programs, counseling services, physical education and athletics, vocational education, instructional materials and extra-curricular activities. Report violations of this policy to the Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services, 703-228-6008, or the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, 703-228-6110.