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Report on the Baltimore County Public Schools

2020 Stakeholder Survey

Division of Research, Accountability, and Assessment June 1, 2020

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Table of Contents

Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................ 3 Report on the Baltimore County Public Schools 2020 Stakeholder Survey................................... 5

Survey Administration ............................................................................................................ 5 Participation ............................................................................................................................ 5

Survey Responses in Translated Languages ................................................................... 6 Survey Participation by Demographic Group................................................................. 6 Parent Participation ......................................................................................................... 7 Domains of Student Perception .............................................................................................. 8 Student Domain Index Scores......................................................................................... 8 Selected Survey Items across Stakeholders ............................................................................ 9 College and Career Readiness/Discussions .................................................................. 10 Access to Technology ................................................................................................... 11 Safety at School and Work ........................................................................................... 12 Bullying ........................................................................................................................ 12 Welcoming School Environment.................................................................................. 14 Parent/Caregiver Engagement ...................................................................................... 15 System, School, and Department Effectiveness ........................................................... 15 Appendix A ? Results by Stakeholder Group ....................................................................... 17 Appendix B ? Student Participation Rate and Parent Participation by School..................... 39

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2020 BCPS Stakeholder Survey Executive Summary

Executive Summary

The Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Stakeholder Survey polls all facets of Team BCPS and focuses on four areas: academics, safety and security, communication, and organizational effectiveness. The survey contributes vital information to the evaluation and improvement of key activities that drive student and organizational performance including school progress planning and allocations from Title I-IV federal grants.

Summary of Results

Participation

? Overall, the survey received a total of 83,014 responses across all stakeholder groups. ? Student participation in the survey was relatively high, particularly in elementary schools

where over 90% of students responded to the survey. ? There were 2,030 survey responses in translated languages from students, parents, and

community members. Of these translated responses, 75% were in Spanish. ? Parent participation was assessed using a metric that provides the number of parent

responses per 100 enrolled students. Overall, parent participation was low; only 8 parents submitted a survey response for every 100 students enrolled in the system.

Domains of Student Perception

? Analyses of student responses were used to identify three broad domains of student perception: Academic Aspirations, Belonging, and Student Support.

? On the Academic Aspirations domain, student respondents across all levels had, on average, high levels of agreement that they felt engaged, were academically prepared, understood the importance of academics, and had high expectations for academic performance.

? On the Belonging domain, elementary student respondents agreed, on average, that peer relationships and interactions were characterized by mutual respect and that their school environment was safe and welcoming; however, secondary students had levels of agreement that were lower for this domain.

? On the Student Support domain, student respondents across all levels agreed, on average, that interactions between students and teachers were characterized by trust, care, and respect. This also points to positive two-way communication between teachers and students.

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2020 BCPS Stakeholder Survey Executive Summary

Selected Survey Items Across Stakeholders

Academics ? Student, parent, school-based staff, and central office staff respondents had high levels of agreement with a number of survey items that related to: o BCPS students being prepared for college and career opportunities o Access to technology increasing personalized learning opportunities for students ? Student, parent, and school-based staff respondents also agreed at high levels that teachers were able to use technology to meet students' academic needs.

Safety and Security ? Elementary school respondents felt safer at school by a meaningful margin compared to middle and high school students. ? More than half of all student respondents reported having witnessed other students that were bullied; however, only a quarter reported having been bullied themselves. Reported personal experiences of bullying were highest among elementary students and having witnessed bullying was highest among middle school students. ? Parent and all BCPS staff respondents had positive perceptions of school/workplace safety. ? A higher percentage of parent and school-based staff respondents perceived bullying to be a problem than school administrators.

Communication ? Among student respondents, elementary students expressed the most agreement that they felt welcome at schools while middle and high school students had lower levels of agreement. ? Overall, parent, school-based staff, and school administrator respondents agreed that BCPS schools encouraged parent engagement.

Organizational Effectiveness ? Ratings of the overall effectiveness for BCPS were highest among parent, schooladministrator, and central office staff respondents. ? Ratings of effectiveness for their school or department were high across all stakeholder respondents, with elementary students, parents, school-based staff, and central office staff reporting the highest ratings.

Results by stakeholder group for every survey item are provided in Appendix A and student and parent/caregiver participation by school is provided in Appendix B.

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Report on the Baltimore County Public Schools 2020 Stakeholder Survey

The Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Stakeholder Survey polled all facets of Team BCPS. The survey focused on four areas: academics; safety and security; communication; and organizational effectiveness.

Survey Administration

The online survey was available from January 27 through March 11, 2020, across various device platforms (e.g., desktop computer, mobile/phone, and tablet). Stakeholders who serve more than one role, such as a BCPS parent who works for the school system or a parent with children at multiple schools, were encouraged to complete the survey once in each of their respective roles.

Respondents identified as one of eight stakeholder groups: students (Grades 3?12); parents/caregivers; community members; school staff; school administrators; or central office staff. A four-point scale was used for most items (strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree). Other items included yes/no responses and a grading scale of the system and individual schools. Respondents could skip any items; therefore, the choice of "not applicable" was not offered.

Participation

Participation this year increased from 2019; slightly more than 83,000 survey responses were submitted (see Table 1). While student and staff participation were high, there is still an opportunity to better engage parents and community members to ensure that all voices are captured and reflected in the survey results.

Table 1. Summary of 2020 Stakeholder Survey Responses by Stakeholder Group

Stakeholder Group Elementary School Students (Grades 3?5)

Response Number

24,761

Group Number

26,877

Response % 92.1

Middle School Students

20,198

26,038

77.6

High School Students

20,158

33,732

59.8

Parents/Caregivers

8,833

n/a

n/a

Community Members

539

n/a

n/a

School Staff (teachers, department chairs, paraeducators, non-instructional staff)

6,766

n/a

n/a

School Administrators (principals and assistant principals)

322

n/a

n/a

Central Office Staff

1,437

n/a

n/a

Total

83,014

Note. Student group numbers were based on enrollment as of January 24, 2020. n/a = not available: Exact rates could not be calculated due to unknown population count (i.e., staff working in multiple buildings were encouraged to take the survey at each location.)

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2020 BCPS Stakeholder Survey

Survey Responses in Translated Languages

The survey was translated into 15 languages for students, parents/caregivers, and community members. Overall, 2,030 responses were received across all translated languages (see Table 2). The most common language was Spanish, which accounted for more than 75% of translated responses. The next most common languages, Chinese and Arabic, together accounted for approximately 9% of translated responses.

Table 2. Responses to Stakeholder Survey in a Translated Language by Groups of Stakeholders

Language Spanish

Student Responses

1,250

Parent/Caregiver and Community Responses

288

Translated Responses

1,538

Percentage of Translated

Responses (%)

75.8

Chinese

59

52

111

5.5

Arabic

45

23

68

3.4

French

52

11

63

3.1

Russian

31

13

44

2.2

Korean

18

10

28

1.4

Nepalese

19

10

29

1.4

Vietnamese

24

3

27

1.3

Tagalog

18

7

25

1.2

Amharic

6

16

22

1.1

Burmese

7

13

20

1.0

Urdu

4

16

20

1.0

Uzbek

12

3

15

0.7

Gujarati

6

7

13

0.6

Yoruba

4

3

7

0.3

Total

1,555

475

2,030

100

Survey Participation by Demographic Group

Among students, the number of responses from Black/African American students and White students comprised slightly over a third of all responses. Overall, the percentage of students who selected the third gender option was relatively small, with a larger number of secondary students identifying as such than elementary students (see Table 3).

To gauge how representative survey responses were of the larger BCPS community, the demographic breakdown of responses was examined. It is important to note that, on the

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