NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 8, 2014) – Today Metro Schools opens its first ever district-wide parent survey to gather parent opinions on instruction, school climate, communications and the overall school experience. With the information gathered in this survey, a teacher survey and the student survey completed earlier this year, district leaders will have a complete picture of the on-the-ground experience in Metro schools.

“Parent voice is so important to the work we do in schools and here in central office,” said Director of Schools Dr. Jesse Register. “Their perspective can help us see what’s working and what’s not working inside our schools. It will help shape our plans as a district, including school improvement efforts.”

Survey results will be shared with school leaders to impact the ongoing developing of individual School Improvement Plans. District leaders will include them in the Academic Performance Framework (APF), the accountability measure that rates schools according to academic performance, growth, college readiness and school climate. The APF already includes survey results from teachers and students to judge school climate. Adding the parent voice ensures all stakeholders are included when evaluating schools.

The survey is offered online at, and will be open through January 16. It is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Kurdish and Arabic. Parents should complete one survey for each child they have in the district because questions are about an individual child’s experiences in a specific school. Responses will be completely anonymous.

Each school is aiming for a goal of at least 50 percent participation. Principals and parent group leaders will be given toolkits to help them reach out to their families. Links to the survey will be placed on every school website and shared on social media. Postcards will go home with every student, and multiple callouts will occur between now and the survey deadline.

For families without Internet access at home, there will be computers available in their school’s library. There will also be an open computer designated for the parent survey in the Metro Schools Customer Service Center at 2601 Bransford Avenue. Public library computers are also available.