Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - New Community Survey to Benefit Oklahoma City School District

New Community Survey to Benefit Oklahoma City School District

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY, March 25, 2013 – The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and nine community partners are inviting Oklahoma City School District parents, employees, business owners and the community-at-large to take part in a new survey that will offer valuable insight that the school district can use for reform.

This online community survey, which is available in both English and Spanish, launched on Tuesday, March 25. It gives parents, educators and the community an opportunity to provide feedback about what’s going on in Oklahoma City public schools. The Chamber and the community partners will provide the results and data as a gift to the school district so they can use it to drive improvement at all levels.

“The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber has long believed that a strong education system is a key part of the foundation for building a vibrant community that will attract businesses and people to Oklahoma City,” said Roy H. Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “This survey for Oklahoma City Public Schools sends the message that the quality of our schools matters to the business community and that we want to do all we can to support the district’s efforts toward effective reform.”

Individuals can take the survey online at www.speakupokc.com. Paper copies of the survey will also be distributed at community events.

The survey, which will take 10-15 minutes to complete, is designed to gain feedback for the education reform process in Oklahoma City’s public schools. The goal is to have 4,800 completed surveys in the next month, with input across a wide spectrum of interests and demographics.

The survey asks takers whether they are parents, school district employees or members of the general community. Each group gets a slightly different survey, but all are asked about district leadership, and all are asked whether they want to volunteer and in what area.

For parents, the survey’s questions touch on communication from the district, school effectiveness, academics and school and parent relations. For school district employees, the survey includes a section on training and professional development and teacher and student interaction. The survey for the general community asks about district leadership, reputation, satisfaction and community involvement.

In addition to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, community partners include the City of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA), Stand for Children and Metro Technology Centers.

MEDIA: For more information about the survey and additional quotes from community partners, contact Kaylee McDaniel at kmcdaniel@okcchamber.com or 405-297-8971.