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Parents Like APS Education Quality

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A large majority of parents with children in Albuquerque Public Schools are pleased with the education their children are getting, believe their children are safe at school and feel parents are welcome there, according to the district’s annual “quality of education” survey.

Parents are slightly less pleased with parent-teacher conferences and extracurricular choices.

The survey is sent home with students in every APS family, and for the 2010-11 school year, 32 percent of parents filled it out.

Results have been increasingly positive since the survey was first given in 2004. It includes 10 state-mandated questions, plus an additional five questions by the APS school board. The board sets five questions specific to high schools, and another five that go to middle and elementary schools.

The state portion of the survey includes questions about whether children are safe at school, whether buildings are in good repair and whether teachers communicate well with parents.

Of these questions, parents gave their schools the highest marks for safety and teacher-parent communication, with 91 percent giving positive responses.


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Parents gave the lowest marks for whether their children have “adequate choice of school-sponsored extracurricular activities,” with 73 percent giving positive responses — the highest percentage since the survey began.

For the APS-specific questions, parents gave the highest marks to schools for being welcoming places, with 95.1 percent of elementary and middle school parents saying they felt welcome. For high school parents, that number was 87.6 percent.

Parents were less thrilled with parent-teacher conferences. At the high school level, 68 percent said they were satisfied with the student-led conferences. Of the entire survey, this question had the most negative response.

Conferences are more popular among middle and elementary school parents, of whom 86.5 percent said they were satisfied.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal