School-Family-Community Partnership Survey
Due to extensive feedback from schools and districts across the state, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) has developed a survey to assess the outreach efforts of a school or district based on the perceptions of school personnel and families. This is a free resource for any school or district to use to evaluate and improve family-school-community partnering (FSCP), aligned with the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships (PTA, 2008).
Survey items were selected from previously developed surveys by education organizations, including the goals and indicators of the National Standards for Family-School Partnerships, the Kansas Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC), and the Flamboyan Foundation. A team from CDE separately selected questions applicable to education in Colorado for each of the standards. Items selected by multiple reviewers were compiled into family and staff surveys. A crosswalk of the survey items and indicators for each standard was conducted to ensure alignment. National and state subject-matter experts, including the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education (SACPIE) provided feedback on the face validity, content, and wording of the selected questions. The CDE team also received approval from the Educational Data Advisory Committee (EDAC).
NOTE: CDE has not collected any data using the surveys; therefore, reliability and validity analyses could not be conducted. It is recommended that data from the first administration of the surveys be used to check the validity and reliability of survey items. If you are interested in piloting the survey and having CDE test for validity and reliability, contact Alexandra Tolentino, Data Collection Specialist and Research Analyst, at 303-866-4571 or Tolentino_A@cde.state.co.us
The survey is designed to measure families’ and teachers’ perceptions of partnership outreach. The questions on both surveys coincide so that schools and districts can identify differences in perception of FSCP. The survey is not intended to measure the extent to which partnerships impact student achievement.
School or district leaders may use the survey results to identify areas of improvement in FSCP. The survey may also be helpful for accountability committees to use to satisfy their legislative responsibility of increasing parent involvement in the school and district.
For other questions regarding the survey, contact Darcy Hutchins, Director of Family Partnerships, at 303-866-5921 or firstname.lastname@example.org