For once, teachers are not handing out the grades -- parents are.
The Arlington school district is asking parents to grade their children's schools.
"A system this big with Arlington ISD, we must obtain feedback from parents about their children's school and their school experience," Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos said. "This feedback is important to us because it helps us improve."
The survey, which is offered in a variety of languages, asks parents for feedback on everything from school security and discipline to resources and the performances of teachers and administrators.
"Parent engagement is critical to school success," Cavazos said. "In order to obtain the information about what best ways to meet student needs, we have to ask parents."
The superintendent said the survey is not for show. Rather, the Arlington Independent School District will review the information and develop action plans for improvement at the school level.
"Absolutely, their feedback is really being considered, and it's something that's one of the foundational pieces of our strategic plan," Cavazos said. "As we seek improvement, we have to obtain information at a wider scale from our parents."
The parent satisfaction survey will be available through April 18. Hard copies are also available at school campuses and the district administration building.