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Survey FAQs for Parents

Why is my school asking me to fill out this survey?
Each year the Georgia Department of Education Division for Special Education Services and Supports collects information from parents as to how schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities.  This information is collected through Parent Satisfaction Surveys completed by a sample of parents of students with disabilities.  Information from the surveys is reported in the state’s Annual Performance Report to the United States Department of Education.

Do I have to answer all the questions, even if one doesn’t apply to my child?
No. If a question doesn’t apply, just leave it blank. This will help the researchers gather more accurate information about the services your child receives.

Why do they want to know about my child’s disability?
Data is being collected on geographic area, ethnicity and disability group to ensure the results are valid and reflect the overall demographics of the state.

What if I don’t understand a question or a term used in a question?
Ask your child’s teacher or contact your school district parent mentor.

What if I have more than one child receiving services? Do I fill out more than one survey?
If you have more than one child at a school which is being surveyed or, if you have children in different schools and those schools have all been selected for the survey, you will receive one survey for each child. Because your opinions about the services your children receive at school matter, please fill out all the surveys you receive.

Who fills out the survey if parents are divorced and have shared custody?
Most families decide which parent will fill out the survey. Because the surveys go out one to a child, families only get one survey per child.

What happens to this information once the surveys are counted?
The state keeps track of parent survey results and includes them in the annual Report Card for Special Education. You can link to the report card for your child’s school district through the Georgia Department of Education website. Parent satisfaction is one of the things that a school system is “graded” on by the state. That information comes from, in part, the Parent Satisfaction Surveys.

What do I do if my child doesn’t receive a survey or if we lost it?
Contact your child’s teacher and he/she will provide a replacement survey.

Does my child’s teacher see the survey answers?
No. That is why the postage paid envelopes are included. However, many teachers ask you to return the sealed envelopes to them so that they can get a count on how many surveys are returned. Since parents’ names do not appear on the survey, your answers will be anonymous.