Survey reveals problem areas for JCPS

Dr. Sheldon Berman
Dr. Sheldon Berman

Louisville, KY - By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The start of classes for Jefferson County Public Schools is just over a month away. Over the summer, the district is taking a close look at itself and how it operates thanks in part to an annual survey asked of 84,000 parents, students, teachers and staff.

Overall, it seems parents are satisfied with the school system, but one of the major issues for the district is the student assignment plan.

In the survey, about 40 percent of middle school students, one-third of high school students and more than a quarter of elementary school respondents would rather go to another school.

Other questions included people's feelings about teachers, safety, personal development and their school.

Some board members expressed their concerns that the wording of the surveys were not more direct.

"But in fact, students and parents are very honest in their response," said Dr. Sheldon Berman, JCPS superintendent. "There's no obligation, no name associated with it and so it's an anonymous survey. So we do get very good feedback in that case."

Another question of note - students were asked about bullying-- verbal, physical and internet. Some students in all levels said it was a problem, but especially in middle school. But they also responded that the teachers address those types of issues when reported.

Dr. Berman says this survey gives the district important information to refine their programs.

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