Teachers among stakeholders being consulted
The Alberta Teachers’ Association is encouraging its members to answer the call if they are selected for a telephone survey being conducted by Alberta Education.
Taking place from January 8 until the end of February, the annual survey will collect perceptions of Alberta’s education system from the public, employers and other stakeholders. Specifically, its purpose is to determine stakeholders’ satisfaction with
the overall quality of the education system;
how well schools meet the needs of students and support our society and the economy;
the safe and caring environment schools provide for students;
students’ preparation for lifelong learning, employment and active citizenship;
the education system’s working relationships with partners and stakeholders;
the leadership and continuous improvement of the education system;
the knowledge, skills and abilities of recent high school graduates; and
the facilities and equipment in the education system.
The survey will gather responses from a random sample of parents, the general public, business and industry (employers of recent high school graduates), high school students, teachers, principals, superintendents and school board trustees in the province. The total number of completed surveys will be more than 7,000, ensuring that survey results for each of the 11 respondent groups are statistically representative. The survey responses are completely confidential, and only aggregate data will be reported.
The survey will help the ministry identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement, thus providing a more effective and accountable education system. Some survey results will also be used in specific business plan performance measures and will be reported in the ministry’s 2014–15 annual report.
A summary of the information resulting from the survey will be posted on Alberta Education’s website. Last year’s survey instruments and survey results are available at www.education.alberta.ca/admin/resources/satisfaction.aspx.
Questions about the survey can be directed to Jim Peck, acting senior manager of the corporate planning branch at 780-422-1963 (dial 310-0000 for toll-free access in Alberta) or firstname.lastname@example.org. ❚