Parents of students in grades 4, 7 and 10 (or grades 4-12 at a school with fewer than 120 students), should be receiving a letter from Alberta Education that includes the 2019 Accountability Pillar Survey over the next couple of weeks.
The survey is taking place in January-February 2019 and this year parents have the option of filling out a paper survey and mailing it back to Alberta Education, or using the Random Access Code included with the survey to answer the questions online.
NLPS strongly encourages all parents who receive a survey to complete it. Survey results are used to help our schools determine which areas to focus on in their school plans. At the division level, the results are used to create the division's Accountability Pillar and help determine priorities in the division's Three-Year Education Plan. For the last two years, the number of NLPS parents who have completed surveys has increased and we greatly appreciate the feedback received.
One question that parents commonly ask every year is what to do when they feel a question is not applicable to them. In its information about the parent survey, Alberta Education advises that parents who feel a question is not applicable to them should leave it blank. It will not be counted in the responses for that question. If the parent feels the question is applicable, but they don't know the answer, they should choose "I Don't Know". This will be counted as a negative response.
If you have any questions about the survey or about the topics covered by the survey, please discuss them with your school administration.
Please check out the following links for more information on the Accountability Pillar, what it measures and how it is used: