The SFS provides a forum for parents and students in DoD schools to have their opinions heard and communicate their level of satisfaction with issues related to DoD schools.
The SFS is conducted early in the year for parents and in the following weeks for students and staff/faculty.
The SFS is part of DoDEA’s continual efforts to improve quality of education for DoD military and civilian students.
Who can Participate?
Sponsors or spouses with children in Pre-K -12th grade. Parents with multiple students enrolled in a DoDEA school will have the option to complete an additional survey for each student after submitting the first survey.
Students in grades 4-12; and
School level educators and support staff, full and part-time, excluding substitutes.
The survey is voluntary and anonymous.
Above school level educators and staff are not included.
How does the SFS help DoDEA?
Results allow schools, districts and regions to make improvements in the educational services offered
Results assist schools in determining strengths and areas needing improvement
Opinions are extremely important and contribute to the future decisions DoDEA educators will make about schools
How is the SFS Constructed?
Survey questions cover the following broad areas: academic instruction, sense of belonging, school safety, and overall satisfaction. Questions on diversity, equity, and inclusion are asked of everyone except elementary school students. There are questions about the quality and availability of school psychological services (parents only) and working conditions (staff only).
Survey questions for parents and students were taken from the California Healthy Kids Survey, the Panorama Equity, and Inclusion Survey (developed in partnership with the Reimagining Integration: Diverse & Equitable Schools Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education), and The Tripod Survey (developed by Harvard and validated by the Gates’ Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching Project).
Questions relating to school psychological services were modified from the National Association of School Psychologist’s Membership Survey and their statement of professional standards.
Additional questions for school-level staff were taken from the DEOCS Survey (Created by the Office of People Analytics at the Dept. of Defense), the DEI Workforce, and Workplace Assessment (DWWA) Survey, and the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).
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