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    Executive Summary of SPS Remote Learning Stakeholder Survey Results
    Posted on 06/11/2020

    Executive Summary of Seattle Public Schools Remote Learning Stakeholder Survey Results

    During May 2020, Seattle Public Schools, in collaboration with Attuned Education Partners, invited all families, educators, school leaders, and central office staff to participate in stakeholder surveys intended to inform future improvements to the district's capacity to support continuous remote learning.

    Please Note: the survey data summarized here is reflective of the subset of SPS stakeholders who opted to participate in the surveys and does not equitably represent the views of the total population of SPS. Respondents were overrepresented by white families and families from schools with lower percentages of students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL). Families from elementary schools also responded at a higher rate. Black families, Hispanic/Latino families, and families of students attending schools with a high percentage receiving FRL are under-represented in the survey data. The full report does however include fully disaggregated survey results that reveal important group differences by race/ethnicity, income (FRL), and grade band (elementary school, middle school, high school).

    In order to gather additional critical feedback and input from families furthest from educational justice, we are working with community partners and the University of Washington to expand our outreach efforts. That additional data is not included in the information below, as it is still being collected.

    Summary Total of Survey Responses

    • 15,542 total responses from SPS families (SPS total enrollment is 53,627 students)
    • 3,247 total responses from SPS educators (SPS employs a total of 5,809 educators)
    • 64 total responses from SPS school leaders
    • 95 total responses from SPS central office staff
    • 24 interviews with the Remote Learning Steering Committee and Small Cabinet

    Family and Caregiver Survey

    The Family and Caregiver Survey was distributed to all SPS families with email addresses associated with their student's contact information. It was also made available on our website and on our social media channels. Community partners also helped to distribute the survey to their communities.

    Overall, 93% of family survey respondents indicated their student is participating in some form of learning from home during the COVID-19 school closures, with the vast majority (88%) participating in remote learning primarily through online assignments. Most family and caregiver respondents (53%) also reported that their students are receiving "just the right amount of work." Roughly 50% of respondents think that the rigor of schoolwork is "just right" and roughly 25% think that it is "too easy."

    Overall, 61% of family and caregiver respondents are "concerned" (36%) or "extremely concerned" (25%) about their students learning, with American Indian and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, along with family respondents with students on IEPs reporting the highest levels of concern about learning.

    Across all ethnicities, the top three barriers to learning are:

    1. Students are not sure what they are supposed to do.
    2. Students can't keep track of all their classes and assignments.
    3. Students do not have a quiet place to complete schoolwork.

    Overall, more than 80% of family respondents are concerned about their students socially or emotionally, with 20% of all respondents "quite concerned" or "extremely" concerned, and 32% of family and caregiver respondents with students on IEPs expressing higher levels of concern.

    The vast majority of family and caregiver respondents report spending time supporting student learning, with 39% spending most or all of the day supporting their student(s). However, whereas more than 50% of American Indian and Black/African American family respondents report spending most or all of the day supporting learning, only 36% of white family respondents report doing so.

    Roughly 99% of family and caregiver respondents reported that their student has a reliable tablet, laptop, or computer, with 37% reporting that the device is shared with someone else in the household.

    Educator Survey

    Overall, 72% of educator respondents feel "supported" or "very supported" by their school leadership, though only 40% reported their school has a shared vision for effective remote learning. Approximately 50% of secondary level educator respondents report having the curricular content they need for remote learning, compared to 38% of PK-5 educator respondents. Less than half (42%) feel they understand how to deliver lessons in a way that advances student learning via remote learning.

    For the PreK-5 grade levels, educator respondents report their top barriers to student learning as:

    1. Being unable to connect or communicate with a student.
    2. Students have other basic needs that are unmet.
    3. Students lack internet access.

    For 6-12 grade levels, educator respondents report their top barriers to student learning as:

    1. Being unable to connect or communicate with a student.
    2. Students having other responsibilities at home.

    To improve learning, educators cited the need for stronger methods to deliver lessons virtually, improved technology tools, additional instructional planning time, counseling services to support students as they come back to school, and additional digital curricular content and diagnostic tools.

    School Leader Survey

    A majority (55%) of school leader respondents feel "supported" or "very supported" by the district. 100% of school leader respondents reported they are still able to collaborate with school staff, and 91% still feel connected to their school and the SPS community. School leader respondents reported mental and social emotional health support resources for students and families as the greatest need.

    Central Office Survey

    Central office staff from multiple departments were surveyed. Key themes identified in open response questions include the need to sharpen the focus on social emotional learning strategies and new ways of connecting with and engaging harder to reach students, clarifying instructional expectations across schools, and ensuring that students who require additional support and services (including Special Education, English language learners, and translation services) receive those services.

    Read the full report of the survey datapdf icon.


    Learn More about Fall 2020 Planning

    Visit our Fall Student Reentry Scenarios and Planning webpage for more information.