Items covered in the survey include student achievement, academic programs, school operations, student support, and school culture. Items identified as most critical for the strategic plan include.
- Closing the Achievement Gap
- Math and Science Proficiency
- Teacher Recruitment and Retention
- Professional Development for Teachers
- Class Size
- Extra Help for Students Who Have Difficulty with Schoolwork
- Diversity Awareness and Appreciation
11/16 UPDATE: Today's Salem News has a good overview of the survey results, and highlights the vast disparity of opinion between students, and their parents, particularly when asked what areas were most important.
Parents, teachers and students were also asked to rate the importance of each area. Overall, the vast majority of respondents — more than 80 percent on average for all 27 categories — thought Beverly schools were either "effective" or "extremely effective." Most parents (68 percent) and staff (72 percent) also thought areas such as math and science proficiency and class size were "highly important." The majority of students did not. In averaging each of the 27 categories, only 44 percent of Beverly students considered the issues "highly important," according to the survey.