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Newton County parents can rate schools in survey

COVINGTON — Parents of students in the Newton County School System now have an easier way to rate their child’s school and express their concerns to the Georgia Department of Education. By logging on to the school system’s website (www.newtoncountyschools.org) parents can click on a link located on the site’s homepage and have the option to take a survey and rate their child’s school.

“The purpose of the Parent Survey is to get their impression of the school climate,” said Georgia DOE Program Manager Marilyn Watson in an email to Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations for NCSS. “The questions that they are being asked are modeled after the school climate questions that we ask the students and staff.”

The answers that the parents give to the survey questions will be compared to those of the students and faculty for a congruency score.

The results of the surveys will be calculated in the School Climate Star Rating, which will be reported on the College and Career Ready Performance Index for December. According to its website, the CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability and communication platform. The results of the indication system are meant to inform all of those who invest their time and energy into the public school system, including students, parents, and faculty members. The CCRPI is also meant to prepare Georgia public school students for college and the work force, and replaces the former No Child Left Behind policy in Georgia.

Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey urges all parents and guardians to take the survey because it gives them the opportunity to voice feedback on their child’s school.