Executive SummarySurvey Response• 1,496 starts, 1,237 completed surveys• Focus of the survey was on the satisfaction of programs in 2011-12 and program priorities in 2012-13.• 22% Decrease in response vs 2011 attributed to: • District announced no pink slips or staff cuts for 2012-13 • May also be due to new Advocacy survey Jan 2012• Representative sample by school and by grade.• Non-donors again under-represented.
Executive SummaryDonation Attitudes • Respondents expect all families to donate what they can afford, with broad understanding that not all families are able to donate equally, or even at the “ask”. • Year 2 of LAEF’s $1,000 per student suggested donation amount. • “District Counts on Me” remains the predominant sentiment for why donors give • Among respondents, 96% report they donate annually
Executive SummaryProgram Satisfaction • Overall satisfaction high across all grades & most programs • Increased communication to improve parent understanding of program curriculum needed for most programs • Strong concern over class size in K-3 reﬂected in comments but satisfaction levels indicate parents agree with LAEF’s funding for class size reduction • Junior high overall satisfaction high across all LAEF-funded programs
Executive SummaryPressure Points • Class size increases in K-3 can cause smaller class sizes in 4-6 as cohorts advance. • This is a beneﬁt to upper grade classes, but some K-3 parents feel they are not beneﬁting as much as upper grade classes. • Strong support for elementary Library, but dissatisfaction in comments regarding lack of class time, libraries not open at recess and lunch. • PE is missed by students, parents & teachers in grades 1-3.
Executive SummaryBoard & Grant-Making• Parents give LAEF Board good marks for communicating about funding and reasons to give.• Majority of parents believe LAEF grant is distributed equally between schools and grade levels.• Parents often unclear about how LAEF works with District to develop LAEF grant & how funds are allocated.
Executive SummaryFunding & Fundraising • Most parents remain committed to supporting high-quality, well- rounded education (smaller class sizes, enrichment programs) with private donations. • While committed to high quality public education, parents recognize changes need to be made to public education funding • Ex: cost of health care, property tax inequities • Parents expect ﬁscal responsibility, accounting for funds.
Executive SummaryAction ItemsCommunication: • LAEF Board needs to remain visible on campus, improve outreach to school communities. • Increase communications about LAEF programs. • Regular program updates from LAEF-funded staff would be greatly appreciated by parents.Investigate Program changes w/ District: • Generally: Increase and be more innovative with Science & Technology curriculum. • Grades 1-3: improve delivery of PE and access to library. • Grades 7-8: reevaluate elective choices, especially possibly more sections of Spanish.
Which statement best represents your attitude about donating to LAEF? 60% 45% 30% 15% 0% Non Donor Tax Deduction Not High Priority Try Every Year Count on Me Every Family 2010 2011 2012 Advocacy 2012 Program “Counts on Me” response captures strongest sense of community “greater good” While respondent pool changes over time, attitudes are highly consistent n = 1,443
Which statement best represents your attitude about donating to LAEF?Top Themes Comments ShareEveryone should give what they can 17 20%Every family should give something 13 15%Big supporter/You could go bigger 11 13%Other Themes Comments ShareStructural issues with education funding 9 10%Can’t afford it this year 7 8%Concerns about how money is spent 6 7%Want to donate to my campus/PTA 5 6% n = 87
Which statement best represents your attitude about donating to LAEF?Everyone Should Give What They CanI realize $1000 per student may be signiﬁcant for some families, but we’re able to do it and sometimes a bit more because I knowthat some families can’t.Every family has its own ﬁnancial priorities, I hope most families donate according to their means.That any amount is appreciated needs to be messaged continually. I appreciate some families are not able to donate the suggestedamount.Every Family Should Give SomethingMany feel if they cant donate full $1000 than they dont donate at all.Some families who could afford to donate a lot don’t give anything, but they still expect all the things LAEF supports.Knowing that some families don’t donate anything is very discouraging. We’re all in this together.Participation from everyone, even a small donation, will motivate those who can afford to contribute more.I’m a Big Supporter/You Could Go BiggerWe consider donations to LAEF critical for our high quality schools.We usually donate more than asked for, and I think you should consider asking for more per student.At ﬁrst, I thought it was exorbitant but now that I know the beneﬁts, I ﬁnd it one of the better causes I support.I fully support LAEF, I encourage other parents to donate.
Rate LAEF Board MembersThe LAEF Board of Directors strives to create a balanced grant. Pleaseread the following statements and provide a rating that reﬂects yourthoughts/feelings about the LAEF grant. n = 1,342
Rate LAEF Board MembersThe LAEF Board of Directors strives to create a balanced grant. Please readthe following statements and provide a rating that reﬂects your thoughts/feelings about the LAEF grant. n = 1,342
Kindergarten Program SatisfactionBelow is the list of LAEF funded programs provided to your child inKindergarten. The total cost to deliver each program this year inKindergarten at all 7 elementary schools is indicated in parentheses.How satisﬁed are you with these programs? n = 1,342
Kindergarten Satisfaction CommentsTop Themes Comments ShareClass Size Reduction- classes are still too large 26 43%Library 17 28%Living Classroom 16 26%Art Docents 13 21%Other Themes Comments ShareI don’t know 8 13%Want additional programs 6 7% n = 61
Kindergarten Satisfaction CommentsClass Size ReductionWould be willing to spend more to get class sizes smaller, 25 kindergartners in one class for one teacher and one teacherhelper is not enough, even with parents help.Teacher hardly has anytime to assist student who needs extra help.I believe that science was taken out this year... I would have preferred a larger class size and adding a helper rather thanadding an entire class.LibraryLibraries should be open everyday for the children. For some children this is the only place they feel comfortable as they arenot athletic or social.Our library and librarian at Loyola is AMAZING and could teach the kids so much more if we had it each week instead ofMondays and Fridays. It is NOT just checking out books. She teaches them to evaluate materials and how to "learn" indifferent ways.Living ClassroomLiving Classroom is good, but it takes a lot of parent involvement.The lessons from the living classroom program have resonated with my child.Art DocentsI do not know if my childs class has had art docent or living classroom lessons. The teacher has not communicated that toparents. If they have, it would be very helpful to know from a standpoint of knowing your LAEF dollars are at work.I like the idea of the art docents, but quite honestly I dont see artwork coming home.I don’t knowI didnt say "very satisﬁed" yet because I am still trying to see the results of these programs. Id like a better understanding ofhow that money is being spent.
Kindergarten Program How is it going?Last year the overwhelming response from Kindergarten parents was tokeep class sizes small. LAEF spent $900,000 (or 38% of its grant) on classsize reduction in grades K-3. How is it going? n = 231
Grade 1-3 Program SatisfactionBelow is the list of LAEF funded programs provided to your children inGrades 1-3. The total cost to deliver each program this year to grades1-3 at all 7 elementary schools is indicated in parentheses. How satisﬁedare you with these programs? n = 675
Grade 1-3 Program Satisfaction CommentsLibraryWould like the library to be open at lunch every day. I feel this option is needed to reduce playground issues.Would love to have the library more accessible to the kids -- any dissatisfaction is based on the limited hours, not the quality.We have a great public library in Los Altos. Id rather want to see the money spent on the reduction of class size.Class Size ReductionClass size is still too big. Every year, the max creeps up a little.My sons class size is NOT 25 or less.I wasnt previously aware reducing class size cost so much money and could be spent on many other things. I grew up in schoolwhere average class size is >30 students.Small size helps but seems to be draining too much ﬁnancial resourcesArt DocentsMore integrated art helps students become more innovative.Need Professional and Trained Art Teachers not volunteer parents. Not sure if my kids got a lot of art lessons.Living ClassroomThe Living Classroom program is a great value for the money! The kids are outside, lessons are taught by dedicated volunteers,kids are engaged.Living Classroom relies on parent volunteers. However there does seem to be enough parent volunteers to make this programeffective.Other ThemesMy kids miss having a real science teacher.We need Computer education.While I think all these lessons are very important, I receive no feedback about how they are implemented in my childs classroom.
Grade 1-3 Program How is it going?Last year the overwhelming response from Grade 1-3 parents was tokeep class sizes small. LAEF spent $900,000 (or 38% of its grant) on classsize reduction in grades K-3 In order to keep classes small, PE Specialistswere eliminated, Library hours were cut and Science Aides wereeliminated. How is it going? n = 674
Is PE working?The State mandates every Grade 1-3 student participates in 200 minutesof Physical Education every 10 school days. Currently, the mandatedminutes are provided by your childs grade level teacher.
PE CommentsTop Themes Comments ShareCSR is important 34 26%Teacher is not providing PE 22 17%PE is important 17 13%Our kids are active- do we need PE? 17 13%Teachers need training/additional burden 13 10%Other Themes Comments ShareTeacher PE is ﬁne 12 9%Raise more money 11 8%Let volunteers teach PE 10 8% n = 132
PE commentsClass Size is most importantAbsolutely do not want to sacriﬁce class size for specialized PE.PE is importantThe kids need more balanced education - PE is an important part. I would prefer to have PE specialists, but I dont think it would beworth going above 25 students per class to do it.My child is not receiving 200 minutesMy son does not do PE with his teacher. He only gets PE through Principal PE on Fridays. I dont think that he gets 200 minutesevery 10 school days. I will donate more to have PE.My third grade daughter said she had no PE except FIT this year. Based on my childrens reports, they are not receiving muchphysical education, and when they do go outside, it is mostly for free play. Someone needs to monitor that the mandated minutesare met.We have active KidsWhile I really miss PE for my kids, at the end of the day I care much more about their classroom experience. I can and dosupplement with sports after school.Teachers need training/additional burdenIm sorry the teachers have to take this on instead of getting prep time.I would provide the teachers with instructions and a some days training to learn more about PE.Raise more moneyI would be willing to donate more for weekly PE and keep the same class size.Let volunteers teach PEIs it possible to start volunteer programs (like the music docent) to have more PE time but run by parents?
Grades 4-6 Program satisfactionBelow is the list of LAEF funded programs provided to your children inGrades 4-6. The total cost to deliver each program this year to grades4-6 at all 7 elementary schools is indicated in parentheses. How satisﬁedare you with these programs?
Grades 4-6 Program satisfactionTop Themes Comments SharePE 78 43%Library 77 43%Living Classroom 38 21%Art Docents 36 20%Other Themes Comments ShareQuestion the cost 41 23%Don’t think their child has had this class 28 16% n = 180
Grades 4-6Program satisfaction CommentsPEP.E. is a fabulous program and I would give it a "very satisﬁed" rating.I feel it should be offered more frequently. $280,000 for PE and only $9,000 for science docent? Thats really unbalanced.PE should be taught by the classroom teachers and the savings should be applied to areas where theclassroom teachers cannot teach it.LibraryI think Library is a very important part of an elementary school program. I would like to see it at leastmaintained or hours increased.I wish the library played a much more important role in the kids lives ( # of visits/ week/ free choicereading/ research/ introduction to new materials.Living ClassroomLiving classroom science docent lesson cannot replace enrichment to required science curriculum.I would much rather see funding go into returning Science Specialists and hands-on Science Labs toevery school, rather than Living Classroom.Art DocentsArt Docent Lessons are phenomenal, fun for kids, kids learn a lot, enjoy them, have wonderfulopportunities to experiment w/a wide variety of art forms and create unique pieces, and expose kids tofabulous Art History lessons, too.I think there is not enough "hands-on" with the art docent lessons.I love hands-on art docent lessons but have seen some terrible art appreciation art docent lessons thatare totally uninspiring -- again, turns kids off to art appreciation.
Instrumental & Vocal MusicLAEF provided $400,000 for Instrumental and Vocal Music for students inGrades 4-6 at all 7 elementary schools this year. How satisﬁed are youwith the LAEF funded Music Programs in Grades 4-6 this school year?
Instrumental & Vocal Music CommentsTop Themes Comments ShareNeutral/I don’t know 39 27%Positive 31 21%Class sizes too big/not conducive to learning 29 20%Other Themes Comments ShareBetter quality & better communication needed 22 15%Want non-music choices 19 13%Money should be spent elsewhere 16 11% n = 147
Instrumental & Vocal Music CommentsNeutral/I don’t knowI dont really know anything about it; they didnt play instruments in the winter concert.Students have only had recorder for a few weeks so I dont have much information yet but my child is enjoying it!PostiveThe combined school performance with Blach was a wonderful experience for my 6th grader. He was impressed by the soundof the full ensemble and liked seeing his friends from other schools and be a part of something bigger.My son really looked forward to starting to use the recorder.I strongly believe in music education in school so I am very appreciative of these programs.Classes too bigNot enough attention for child to progress at reasonable pace. If children are encouraged to play an instrument and spend themoney on the instrument, one-on-one instruction time should increase. Otherwise, the program should be eliminated.Better quality & better communication neededNot much information comes home about the music program, instead I have to rely on my child for information (and I get hardlyany). I do not know what the expectations are, other than how many minutes for practice. I think we need new music teachers in the district. The program is very stagnant and the children are not excited to learn the music.My student really is struggling with his instrument, and when we reached out to his music teacher for help, she didnt do anythingOther CommentsThere are certainly students who are clearly not interested in either vocal music or instrumental music.My child was forced to pick an instrument from a small set of instruments, picked the wrong one and was not allowed to change. I ampaying $30 a month to rent the instrument and as far as I can tell he has learned nothing and still cant play it. I would focus more on getting a computer lab tech than on instruments.
Khan Academy & cSTEMLAEF provided 2 Innovation in Education grants to the district this year. A$100,000 Blended Learning Grant to train and coach 5th & 6th gradeteachers in how to use Khan Academy. A $25,000 to pilot cSTEM in the6th grade. cSTEM brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)subjects to the students through the 3 C’s – Creativity, Collaboration andComputer Science. How satisﬁed are you with these programs? Khan n = 454 cSTEM n = 252
Khan Academy & cSTEMKhan Academy Comments SharePositive 42 41%Negative 31 30%Questioned Effectiveness/Expense 26 25%Prefer Advanced Math 4 4%cSTEM Comments SharePositive 20 61%Questioned Effectiveness 8 24%Negative 6 18% n = 133
Khan Academy & cSTEMKhan AcademyI think these are both excellent programs and my son is greatly beneﬁtting from them. I am very happy that LASD is includingthe latest technology in our kids education.I thought my childs math skills would improve greatly with the Khan Academy program this year but have been greatlydisappointed to ﬁnd that we are having to do a lot of tutoring at home for the ﬁrst time in order to improve grades.Very disappointed that Ms. Seyfarth, who taught the advanced math to the 6th grade, was let go. She is an AMAZING teacher.There needs to be a separate class for advanced math kids in at least the 5th and 6th grade.Who is following up with the teachers in 5th and 6th grade that have been trained in how to use Khan Academy to makesure they are using it in the classroom to the best possible use?I think this was money spent on a fad. This is a program not geared to slower learners. If you didnt understand it in class,being told to go home and teach yourself on the computer is wrong.I am worried the district is focusing too heavily on Khan Academy. It is a good supplemental tool, but should not take theplace of "live" teacher instruction.cSTEMThese programs are lending edge, keep them going and up to date with the latest technology. Too many programs start offgreat but do not keep up to all the changes due to the lack of funding.cSTEM does not do enough, needs to be rethought out, reworked in its curriculum and in its presentation to the kids/trainingfor the kids in order to be a successful program. It is considered boring, not too useful. I believe that cStem has been very effective in getting my daughter to work on all the subjects in a very positive andinteractive way. Currently she is working on a scratch math video for the ﬁlm festival. If she didnt have this opportunity atschool I doubt she would be doing it.
Junior High Program SatisfactionEach year LAEF designates 22% of its grant to the 2 Junior Highs whorepresent 22% of the district students. Below is a list of Junior Highprograms with LAEFs contribution is indicated in parentheses. Howsatisﬁed are you with these programs for this school year?
Junior High Program SatisfactionTop Themes Comments ShareLibrary 20 25%CSR- ClassSize Reduction 15 19%Elective issues 14 18%Eco Action elective 10 13%Other Themes Comments ShareSpanish 7 9%Cooking 5 6%Satisﬁed/Thank you 5 6%Math 3 4% n = 80
Junior High Program CommentsLibraryLibrary important to have available and also very important to have a study hall option.Library: not clear on what LAEF funds in terms of library. A librarian? Is it part of the study hall elective?I understand that the library is only open at lunch and a three periods a day. :(Class Size ReductionThe class size reductions in junior high are essential and help maintain our excellent junior high schools!More funds should go to Math and Science class reduction. Bigger English and Social Studies class sizes dont interfere withlearning nearly as much. (Who makes these decisions? Teachers? LAEF? whimsy?)Elective IssuesIt is extremely important to me to have the electives, especially music.STOP funding choral music.I think electives need to be re-evaluated every year. Like the ones that are there, but there should be an annual discussion ofwhether they are the right ones to offer.Eco ActionBiggest concerns among parents at Blach: - many students request Spanish 1A but dont get in - 98% of students who areassigned to Eco Action didnt request it and dont want to take it. I hope LAEF is not paying for the "Eco Action" class.SpanishThere arent enough sections for impacted electives like Spanish.CookingFoods and other non-academic electives are needed, not just study hall. Cooking is missed.I would like......more money for Science/Engineering/Computer Science. ...Chinese. ...stronger English program.
Did your Junior High Student receiveone of their top 3 electives choices? n = 373
Junior High Elective CommentsSpanishSpanish was his ﬁrst choice and he didnt get it. Wed urge LAEF to work with the School Board and think about how toprovide greater access to languages in middle school, foreign language should be a requirement at this age. We got theSpanish class that we were hoping our student would love, but it has been a bad experience.Yes, but...It was disappointing to not get Spanish at all when it was listed as his second choice elective. He did not get spanishInstead they put him in french.Yes, but one of them appears to be a waste of time (which is probably a school issue and not a LAEF issue).Yes, but it would be interesting to have the Video Production class evaluated.More Choices neededThe elective choices are varied and interesting but theres not enough space in the popular classes. Is there a way toincrease space in some electives and reduce space in others? Or drop unpopular electives altogether?MusicThe band instructor is phenomenal. My daughter has really blossomed in her love of music and love of performing qualitymusic with a full band.Study HallStudy hall seems to be very popular, so would like to see more teachers available to hold study hall and help kids.Eco ActionEco-action was not listed by him and yet he was assigned to it. The teacher told us at the open house that only one childhad signed up for it.
Action ItemsCommunications: • 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. • Increased communications about LAEF programs from LAEF. • Program updates directly from the staff which LAEF funds would be greatly appreciated by the parents. • Stress participation message.
Action ItemsInvestigate Program changes w/ District: • Generally: Increase and be more innovative with Science & Technology curriculum. • Grades 1-3: improve delivery of PE and access to library. • Grades 7-8: reevaluate elective choices, especially possibly more sections of Spanish.