2012-08-24 / Community

Rockaway Park High School Rocks The Learning Environment Survey

By Shad Slocombe & Joseph Kindred

Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability exceeded the city-wide average in the areas of academic expectations, communication, and engagement on the yearly Learning Environment Survey.

The NYC Learning Environment Survey is a survey that is completed annually by students, teachers, and parents in grades 6-12 to draw conclusive opinions about the school community.

According to documents released to the public by the NYC Department of Education, “Survey results provide insight into a school’s learning environment and contribute a measure of diversification that goes beyond test scores on the Progress Report.” These annual surveys are also responsible for between 10 and 15 percent of the school’s Progress Report grade, specifications vary with school type. These surveys also allow the schools to recognize their strengths, all the while identifying characteristics within their environment that need to be improved.

In addition to the honorable feedback on Rockaway Park High School’s Learning Environment Survey, the overachieving continues. State wide results show 52 percent of New York State students failed this year’s Global History regents. However, Rockaway Park High School had an 80 percent pass rate on the exam. Rockaway Park High School wishes to continue to expeditiously exceed and improve for the better of the students, community, and future and feel fully prepared to take on 2012-13 with confidence and grace. Highlights of the survey:  92% of parents feel that RPHS has high expectations for their child;  97% of parents are pleased with the quality of their child’s teacher;  97% of parents reported that they always feel welcome at RPHS;  100% of teachers surveyed stated that the Principal at Rockaway

Park High School places the learning needs of children ahead of personal and political interest;  100% of teachers stated that the

Principal has confidence in the expertise of teachers;  100% of teachers stated that school leaders visit classroom to observe quality of teaching at the school and celebrates student learning successes;  100% of teachers at RPHS stated that the Principal communicates a clear vision for the school;  90% of students stated that teachers expect them to continue their education after high school;  89% of students stated that their teachers encourage them to succeed.

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