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  • LAEF Satisfaction & Priorities Survey 2013-14
  • Executive Summary Survey Response • 1,707 starts and 1,456 completed surveys • Focus of the survey was on the satisfaction of programs in 2013-14 and program priorities for 2014-15 • Survey responses similar to 2012-13 • Parents satisfied overall with funded programs, continue to support small class sizes • Overwhelmingly positive response to new STEM program • Strong support for continuing the Innovation Grant ! • Representative sample by school and by grade • Non-donors are under-represented
  • Executive Summary Donation Attitudes Year 4 of LAEF’s $1,000 per student suggested donation amount ! • Respondents expect all families to donate what they can afford, with broad understanding that not all families are able to donate at the “ask” ! • “District Counts on Me” remains the predominant reason that donors give ! • Among respondents, 92% report they donate annually !
  • Program Satisfaction   ! • Overall satisfaction is high across all grades & programs, consistent over the last 3 years • Increased communication is needed to improve parent understanding of program curriculum, especially for STEM and cSTEM • Comments reflect that parents value K-3 class student:teacher ratio reduction, but would like even smaller class sizes • Overall satisfaction at Jr. Highs is high across all LAEF-funded programs Executive Summary
  • Pressure Points ! STEM - Different lessons were tested at different schools during the pilot year, resulting in varied experiences across the district. Comments reflect different levels of awareness among parents of their students’ hands-on science experience. ! Jr. High Electives - Parents would like to have expanded elective offerings, specifically increased STEM offerings (coding, robotics) and Home Economics/ Cooking.   ! Executive Summary
  • Executive Summary Board & Grant-Making ! • Parents give LAEF Board good marks for communicating about funding and reasons to give ! • Majority of parents believe LAEF grant is distributed fairly between schools and grade levels ! • Parents are still unclear about how LAEF works with District to develop LAEF grant and how funds are allocated
  • Executive Summary Funding & Fundraising ! • Most parents remain committed to supporting high-quality, well- rounded education (smaller class sizes, enrichment programs) via donations ! •While committed to high quality public education, parents recognize that further changes need to be made to public education funding • Eg: property tax inequities • News of increasing tax revenues and state funding changes is confusing perception of continuing need ! •There is strong parent support for pursuing partnerships with local businesses ! • Parents expect fiscal responsibility, accounting for funds
  • Action Items Communication Despite good marks on communication, many comments indicate lack of information about LAEF programs: • LAEF Board needs to remain visible on campus, improve outreach to school communities • Increase communications about LAEF programs • Parents would greatly appreciate regular program updates from LAEF- funded staff !Investigate Program changes with District: • STEM - Build upon successes from first year of pilot to make the program even more robust, sustainable, and fine-tune the student experience across grades and at all schools • Jr. High - Consider offering additional electives in STEM and Home Economics
  • Survey Participation
  • Who took the survey? 3 3 3 3 3 n = 1,695 Almond Covington GardnerEgan Loyola Oak Santa Rita Springer 0 62.5 125 187.5 250 218 197 210216 167 246247 231 189 Blach
  • Are all populations represented? # of Families % Population # of Response % of Responses over/under Representation Almond 358 14.7 189 13.1 -1.6% Covington 369 15.1 247 17.1 2.0% Gardner Bullis 223 9.2 167 11.6 2.4% Loyola 370 15.2 216 15.0 -0.2% Oak 334 13.7 210 14.5 0.8% Santa Rita 420 17.2 197 13.6 -3.6% Springer 363 14.9 218 15.1 0.2% Blach 499 45.5 231 51.3 +5.8% Egan 558 54.5 246 48.7 -5.8% Survey sample proportional to actual elementary enrollment +/- 3%. Junior Highs- Egan is under-represented
  • Historic Satisfaction & Program Survey Participation Survey Starts Completes Complete % 2011 S&P 1927 1525 0.79 2012 S&P 1496 1237 0.83 2013 S&P 1489 1237 0.83 2014 S&P 1707 1456 0.85 Note: “Completes” equals respondents who click “Done”. Effective completion rate even higher.
  • Donation Attitudes
  • Which statement best represents your attitude about donating to LAEF? 0% 13% 25% 38% 50% Non Donor Tax Deduction Not High Priority Try Every Year Count on Me Every Family 2011 2012 2013 2014 n = 1,620 “Counts on Me” response captures strongest sense of community “greater good” While respondent pool changes over time, attitudes are highly consistent
  • Which statement best represents your attitude about donating to LAEF? Comments Top Themes Comments Share We Donate Every Year 18 16% LAEF Is a Good Cause 12 11% All Families Should Donate If They Can Afford It 11 10% n = 111
  • How is LAEF doing?
  • Rate LAEF Board Members n = 1,520 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree The LAEF Board of Directors strives to represent all of the families in our school district. Please read the following statements and provide a rating that reflects your thoughts/feelings about LAEF. LAEF Board members are parents like me who are interested in keeping our schools strong. ! ! LAEF Board members at my school are accessible and open to hearing my input. ! ! LAEF Board members effectively communicate with the parent community on funding issues.
  • Top Themes Comments Share Communication Issues 22 24% Don’t Know LAEF Representatives 17 18% Praise for LAEF Representatives 12 13% n = 93 Rate LAEF Board Members Comments
  • LAEF Grant Attitudes n = 1,497 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree The LAEF Board of Directors strives to create a balanced grant. Please read the following statements and provide a rating that reflects your thoughts/feelings about the LAEF grant. LAEF grants are spread fairly across all the SCHOOLS in our district. ! ! LAEF grants are spread fairly across all GRADES in the district so that all students benefit equally. ! ! LAEF's current level of fund raising and funding to the school district is about right.
  • Top Themes Comments Share Don’t Really Know 100 52% It’s Too Much Money 26 13% Communication Issues 13 7% n = 193 LAEF Grant Attitudes Comments
  • Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten Program Satisfaction n = 243 How satisfied are you with the following LAEF funded Kindergarten programs? ** (The total cost to deliver each program this year to EVERY Kindergarten at ALL 7 elementary schools) 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Do Not Know Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied Reduce Class Size from 30 to 25 or less ($175,000)** ! Library ($33,000)** ! Art Docent Lessons ($7,000)** ! Living Classroom Science Docents Lessons ($5,700)** ! STEM Lab (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math) ($71,400)**
  • Top Themes Comments Share Want Even Smaller Classes 15 38% Reduced Class Size is Important 7 18% Library 6 15% STEM 5 13% n = 39 Kindergarten Satisfaction Comments
  • n = 242 Student:Teacher Ratio Reduction How is it going? LAEF spent $700,000 (or 29% of its grant) on reducing student:teacher ratios in grades K-3.To reduce class size from 30 to 25 or less costs $175,000 for kindergarten. ! Do you believe this is a good use of your donation? 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
  • Top Themes Comments Share Good Use of Funds 30 71% Would Like Class Sizes to Be Even Smaller 22 52% n = 42 Student:Teacher Ratio Reduction Comments
  • Grades 1-3
  • Grade 1-3 Program Satisfaction n = 730 Small Group = 571 How satisfied are you with the following LAEF-funded programs provided to your child(ren) in grades 1-3. **(The total cost to deliver each program this year to EVERY student in grades 1-3 at ALL 7 elementary schools) 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Do Not Know Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied Reduce Class Size from 30 to 25 or less ($525,000)** Library ($98,000)** Art Docent Lessons ($21,000)** Living Classroom Science Docents Lessons ($17,000)** Physical Education ($127,000)** Small Group Instruction Time, Grades 1 & 2 ($120,000)** STEM Lab(Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math) ($215,000)**
  • Top Themes Comments Share STEM 57 36% PE 48 30% Class Size 42 27% Art 31 20% Small Group 20 13% Grade 1-3 Program Satisfaction Comments n = 158
  • n = 727 Student:Teacher Ratio Reduction How is it going? LAEF spent $700,000 (or 29% of its grant) on reducing student:teacher ratios in grades K-3.To reduce class size from 30 to 25 or less in grades 1-3 costs $525,000. ! Do you believe this is a good use of your donation? 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Stongly Agree
  • Top Themes Comments Share Good Use Of Funds 61 75% Would Like Even Smaller Classes 23 28% Teachers/Aides 18 22% Student:Teacher Ratio Reduction Comments n = 81
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 4-6 Program Satisfaction 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Not Familiar Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied PE ($253,000)** ! Instrumental and Vocal Music ($315,000)** ! Library ($98,000)** ! Art Docent Lessons ($21,000)** ! Living Classroom Science Docents Lessons ($17,000)** ! cSTEM- grade 6 ($60,000)** ! STEM Lab (Science/Technology/ Engineering/Math) ($215,000)** How satisfied are you with the LAEF-funded programs provided to your children in grades 4-6? **(The total cost to deliver each program this year to EVERY student in grades 4-6 at ALL 7 elementary schools) n = 724 n = 694 cSTEM
  • Grades 4-6 Program Satisfaction Top Themes Comments Share STEM 46 32% PE 37 26% Music 31 22% Art 26 18% cSTEM 23 16% n = 143
  • Instrumental &Vocal Music LAEF provided $315,000 for Instrumental andVocal Music for students in grades 4-6 at all 7 elementary schools this year. How satisfied are you with the LAEF-funded Music Programs in grades 4-6 this school year? 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied 4th grade - Weekly Vocal Music (Fall) / Recorder (Spring) ! 5th grade - Twice weekly Instrumental Music (1st semester Vocal and Instrumental, 2nd semester Instrumental) ! 5th grade - Twice weekly Vocal Music (if your student is not in Instrumental Music) ! 6th grade - Twice weekly Instrumental Music ! 6th grade - Twice weekly Vocal Music (if your student is not in Instrumental Music) n = 558 - 621
  • Instrumental &Vocal Music Comments Top Themes Comments Share Happy with Music Program 37 39% Dissatisfied with Music Program 28 29% Fund Other Things 9 9% Communications Issues 7 7% n = 96
  • Junior High
  • Junior High Program Satisfaction Each year LAEF designates 23% of its grant to the 2 Junior Highs, which represent 23% of the district students. How satisfied are you with these LAEF-funded programs for this school year? **(Amount of LAEF funding for ALL 7th & 8th students at Blach and Egan) 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neutral Satisfied Very Satisfied Science CSR ** $90,000 ! ! Math CSR ** $90,000 ! ! Social Studies CSR ** $90,000 ! ! English CSR ** $90,000 ! ! Library (25 hours/week) ** $70,00 ! ! Electives ** $125,000 n = 454
  • Top Themes Comments Share Pleased Overall 24 38% Classes Still Too Large 9 14% Not Enough Information 9 14% Library 8 13% More Elective Choices 6 9% n = 64 Junior High Program Satisfaction Comments
  • Did your Junior High Student receive one of their top 3 electives choices? n = 454 0 55 110 165 220 Blach Egan No I don’t know Yes
  • n = 22 Junior High Elective Comments Top Themes Comments Share Satisfied 10 45% Yes, but… 6 27%
  • Junior High Additional Electives n = 110 Are there additional electives that you would like to see offered? Top Themes Comments Share STEM 31 28% Cooking/Home Economics 29 26% Languages 16 15%
  • Innovation Grant
  • Innovation Grant Awareness n = 1485 The Los Altos School District is a recognized leader in education. This year, LAEF allocated $750,000 towards an Innovation Grant, which funds innovative learning and interactive classrooms. This includes: *STEM Lab Teachers at each elementary school *STEM Coach to bring more Science, Engineering, Technology and Math to the classroom *Technology Integration Coach to assist in designing the iLearn professional development program and support teachers integrating technology in the classroom *iLearn - a professional development opportunity designed to empower teachers to innovate and increase student engagement. ! What statement best describes your awareness of these programs: 0 250 500 750 1000 Not Aware Somewhat Aware Very Aware
  • Top Themes Comments Share STEM 91 59% Unaware/Would Like More Information 46 30% iLearn 25 16% Communication Issues 17 11% n = 154 Innovation Grant Awareness Comments
  • Innovation Grant Continuation n = 1471 Programs like those funded by the Innovation Grant typically require the investment of resources over several years to realize measurable results.While exposure to these programs will vary based on your child's grade, how important is it to continue funding our Innovation in Education Grant? 0 250 500 750 1000 Not Important Somewhat Important Extremely Important
  • Top Themes Comments Share Very Important 47 36% STEM 29 22% Not Enough Information/Too Soon To Tell 22 17% Technology 15 12% Different Priorities/Back to Basics 11 9% n = 129 Innovation Grant Continuation Comments
  • Innovation Grant Impact n = 1483 Have these innovative teaching approaches in the classroom improved your student's engagement and depth of learning? 0 225 450 675 900 No I Don't Know Yes
  • Top Themes Comments Share Don’t Know/Too Early to Tell 56 33% See Benefits Already 48 29% No Impact/Negative Impact 20 12% n = 168 Innovation Grant Impact Comments
  • Future Innovation Grants n = 219 Are there other areas that you would like to see addressed in future Innovation Grants? Top Themes Comments Share Technology/Computer Skills 49 22% Science/STEM 36 16% Foreign Language 25 11% Math 22 10% Music & Art 18 8%
  • Action Items
  • Action Items Communications: ! • LAEF Board members need to continue to be visible on campus and reach out to their school communities - Each campus should create their own action plan ! • Strive for consistent communications about LAEF programs at all schools ! • Parents would greatly appreciate program updates directly from the staff which LAEF funds ! • Stress participation message
  • Action Items Investigate Program changes with District: ! • STEM - Build upon first year of pilot program to fine-tune the student experience across all elementary schools ! • Jr. High Electives - Consider offering additional STEM and Home Economics ! • Continue efforts to improve communication to parents regarding LAEF-funded programs - Investigate new methods to increase visibility of programs and their benefits
  • ThankYou! Thank you for taking the time to read our survey results! Please note that although a lot of time and energy was put into making this the best survey possible, we are volunteers and this is not our field of expertise! The statistical accuracy of this survey has not been verified by a professional. In many cases the sample size from a particular question/school/grade level may be too small to draw conclusions from. All these factors should be taken into account as you read the results. -The volunteers of the LAEF Board