Edmond Public Schools is releasing its findings from a community engagement survey conducted earlier this year. More than 5,800 people answered the survey, a gain of 20 percent over the previous survey in 2017. Eighty percent of the respondents are parents of students in the district. 

Topics covered in the survey included safety, school environment, quality of the teaching staff and developing student skills.   

With regards to teaching and learning, key findings of the survey include the following:

  • An overwhelming percentage of respondents believe the district’s greatest strength is its teaching staff 
  • An overwhelming percentage of respondents believe the number one priority of the district should be to improve salaries to recruit and retain the best staff  
  • Respondents chose “My child is learning,” as the number one indicator of school success, followed by “My child is happy,” (up 10% from the 2017 survey ) and “Students are prepared for college and the workforce.” 
  • Respondents chose “attracting/retaining high-quality staff,” followed by “preparing students for life beyond high school,” and emphasizing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as priorities for improvement 

“The survey results show that our community values educators and understands their role in student success,” said Superintendent Angela Grunewald. “The results make it clear that the committee’s decision to dedicate federal ESSER funds to enhance the support of early-career teachers through a robust, multi-year mentorship program is appropriate,” Grunewald said.

When responding to questions concerning safety, security and school environment, seventy-three percent of respondents reported that their child felt safe at school, a drop of nearly 10 percent from the previous survey. The top three safety concerns in 2022 were the same as in 2017: bullying, violence and guns and weapons. 

“The survey results substantiate that a safe and secure school climate must precede and support a healthy learning environment,” Grunewald noted. 

Overall, respondents’ satisfaction with the district was down six percent. Also down five percent was respondents’ level of satisfaction when asked if school site staff was welcoming.

“It would be easy to blame this particular decrease on Covid-related visitor policies at our schools, but we are not going to do that. We want to take a deep dive into this particular result to determine what we can do to improve the visitor experience at our schools,” Grunewald said.  

Survey Results

The survey results are available here.