Jeff Smith, NBC 5
Parents in Fort Worth Independent School District shared their opinions on a district survey.
The Fort Worth Independent School District has released the results from its annual parent survey and the recommendations from the 31-page report could shape the future of the city's schools.
Nearly 22,000 parents, a 40-percent response rate, took part in the survey -- an all-time record for the district. There were 36 questions on the survey.
Click here to see all results from the survey [PDF Link].
One out of every five parents said they're concerned about physical and verbal bullying. Bullying that occurs daily or weekly is the biggest problem at middle school campuses, according to parents.
High school parents were particularly troubled by the level of open communication between administrators and parents, especially when it came to academic performance, behavioral issues, and school happenings. More than half of all parents responded that had not heard of the "parent portal" website FWISD set up for information.
The district recently set up a smartphone app for the "parent portal," allowing parents to quickly see things like test scores and homework assignments.
There are several recommendations in the report, including improving lines of dialogue with African-American parents and making sure students feel safe in reporting bullying to teachers.