District scores high on survey

By: By Derik Vanderford - [email protected]

UNION COUNTY — Monday evening’s school board meeting included information regarding a stakeholder survey.

At the meeting of the Union County Board of School Trustees, district director of instruction Cindy Langley announced that the district will host an external review team in March as part of the AdvancEd accreditation process.

Langley said for the past year, district administrators, teachers, community members, parents and students have conducted a self-assessment as part of the process. She said the district also conducted a survey of parents, teachers and students to gather their opinions about how well the district meets its goals.

The surveys created by AdvancEd — which launched in August and closed in mid-October — included questions which corresponded to the five areas of self-assessment: Purpose and Direction; Governance and Leadership; Teaching and Assessing for Learning; Resources and Support Systems; and Using Results for Continuous Improvement.

Langley said teachers and many of the students took the survey online, and parents also had the opportunity to take the survey online at some schools. There were also paper versions available.

Langley said the survey results were positive as a whole. A five-point scale was used, and the district received a combined rating on all five areas from staff of 4.25; 4.06 from parents; and 4.04 from students.

“We are pleased that our stakeholders agree that our district has high expectations for student learning and that our purpose is to promote student success,” Langley said. “These statements affirm our commitment to our mission statement, ‘Union County Schools and its stakeholders commit to students first in building community, excellence and lifelong learning.’”

Staff, parents, students give district high marks

By Derik Vanderford

[email protected]

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or [email protected]

Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or [email protected]