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FISD Parent Survey Results (March, 2006)

Thanks to our 1,800 plus parents who participated in the web-based survey. We will review the results and include them as part of our on-going planning process.

Were the schools among the top reasons you chose to move your family to Frisco?

  • 72%Yes
  • 28% No

How long have you lived in the FISD?

  • 12% Less than 1 year
  • 15% 1-2 years
  • 27% 3-5 years
  • 30% 5-10 years
  • 14% 10-20 years
  • 2% More than 20 years

Students are often given a grade to show how well they are doing in school. If you could give Frisco ISD a letter grade for how well they are doing overall, what would it be?

  • 45% A
  • 44% B
  • 9% C
  • 2% D
  • 1% Failing

How do you get most of your information about the FISD?
(Please rank the options from 1 = "most used" to 7 = "least or not used." A number can be selected one time only.)

Information Area
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Your child
21%
24%
19%
14%
12%
7%
4%
Website
11%
15%
23%
19%
17%
10%
4%
School communications (Thursday folders, newsletters, EdLine)
47%
23%
9%
5%
3%
6%
6%
News outlets (Dallas Morning News, Frisco Enterprise)
3%
8%
8%
14%
17%
33%
17%
School staff members
8%
15%
18%
21%
21%
11%
5%
District cable TV
9%
3%
2%
4%
6%
15%
59%
PTA, other parents, neighbors, friends
7%
15%
19%
21%
17%
14%
8%

 

What do you see as the biggest priorities for FISD in the future?

Priority
Agree
Disagree
Unsure
School safety
77%
10%
12%
School finance
72%
12%
17%
Continued school construction to keep up with the growth
78%
11%
11%
Maintaining and improving quality of programming
89%
5%
5%
Equity among schools
53%
22%
25
Hiring and retaining the best teachers and staff
93%
4%
4%

 

How much importance or emphasis should be placed on the following?

Importance/Emphasis
More
Same
Less
Reading
48%
52%
1%
Writing and grammar
54%
45%
1%
Science
48%
50%
1%
Mathematics
53%
46%
1%
Technology skills
46%
52%
2%
Teaching tolerance
34%
56%
11%
Teaching responsibility and other character traits
47%
50%
4%
Drug resistance and abstinence education
41%
53%
6%
Career exploration
39%
56%
5%
Helping parents become more involved in their child's education
42%
53%
5%
Parent education
32%
60%
8%
Homework
17%
66%
17%
After-school programs
25%
65%
10%
Extra-curricular activities
25%
67%
8%
Communication
45%
53%
2%
Fund-raising
4%
51%
44%

 

If you have had concerns with the district or at a school, have you been pleased with how it was handled?

  • 40% Yes
  • 21% No
  • 39% Haven't had any problems

FISD currently has more than 20,000 students enrolled. The district has grown by 20-30 percent in each of the last 8 years and has opened 21 schools during that time. The remaining 2003 bond funds will finish Liberty and Wakeland High Schools and design the 5th high school which is scheduled to open in 2009. A sixth high school may be needed as early as 2010; funds are not available to design the sixth high school or to build either of these two high schools, and #5 would need to begin construction no later than the summer of 2007. Funds are available for the 8th middle school to open in 2008, but a ninth middle school may be needed in that year as well. Those funds would be needed in late 2006. Four elementary schools are currently under construction to open in 2006; funds for an additional 12 elementary schools are in the 2003 bond package, but these funds will be committed for building those schools by 2008. As the citizen’s bond committee is now looking at the demographic projections and needs for the future, what types of information will you need to make an informed decision on a bond referendum?

Check all those that apply:

  • 84% Growth projections
  • 82% Specific projects/schools needed
  • 81% What it will cost
  • 48% Technology needs
  • 11% Other

Would you prefer to see a larger bond package, knowing that bonds do not have to be issued until they are needed, so as to meet the needs for further out rather than coming back to voters in a two or three years?

  • 54% Yes
  • 46% No

Currently the FISD tries to maintain small school environments – elementary schools at about 650-700 students; middle schools at about 800-950 students; high schools at 1,500-1,800 students. Smaller schools allow for students to form relationships with other adults and students in the building and allows for more students to participate in activities, all of which research supports as strong factors in school success. Should this remain a priority?

  • 91% Yes
  • 9% No