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BY WILLIAM HARRIS

Families, students and teachers in Queens, along with the rest of New York City, are encouraged to share their opinions about their schools during the 12th annual NYC Public School Survey, which Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched on Feb. 12.

The survey gathers information from six main elements, such as Rigorous Instruction, Supportive Environment, Collaborative Teachers, Effective School Leadership, Strong Family-Community Ties and Trust. The NYC Department of Education (DOE) partnered the survey with its researched-based Framework for Great Schools and the Research Alliance for NYC Schools.

According to Fariña, the survey is available both online and in print in 10 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu. You can access the survey at nycschoolsurvey.org. The deadline to complete the survey is Mar. 23.

In addition, students will bring home a paper survey provided by their teachers in class or at school events. Parents who do not have their paper survey form can use the new code look-up tool on the survey login page to receive your own access code to fill out the survey.

“Hearing from all members of New York City’s educational community is critical to building strong schools and creating equity and excellence to every school,” said Fariña.

The results from the survey will be included in each school’s School Quality Guide and School Quality Snapshot, released later this year.

“In recent years, the NYC School Survey has become a stronger tool for gathering information about the City’s public schools,” said James Kemple, executive director of the Research Alliance for NYC Schools. “Studies show that teachers’, students’, and parents’, perspectives provide valuable insight into a school’s quality and capacity to improve student learning. Higher response rates help ensure that the Survey is capturing the full range of perspectives in the school community.”

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