High marks for District 11 in survey

Residents are generally pleased with the education offered by Anoka-Hennepin School District 11, according to the results of a survey completed this summer.

The phone survey was completed in June and July by Decision Resources, Ltd. It included 500 households and had an accuracy rate of plus/minus 4.5 percent.

This was the 10th survey of District 11 residents completed by Decision Resources. The last survey was completed in 2010 to gauge resident support of a proposed levy.

“There are some significant changes in the perception of the district,” said Bill Morris of Decision Resources.

One of those changes is in the quality of education provided by the district. In previous surveys a larger number of people rated the quality of education as excellent compared with this most recent survey. However, the number rating the quality of education as good skyrocketed by some 20 percent, Morris said.

Overall 83 percent of those responding rated the quality of education in District 11 as good or excellent.

Most serious concerns, according to residents, facing the district are lack of funding (26 percent) and large class sizes (16 percent). Bullying came in third at 12 percent.

“In general, then, people tend to think things are on the upswing,” Morris said.

Morris also told school board members that for the first time residents rate the value of District 11 education as good or excellent.

School board members as well as the superintendent and administration receive high marks from survey respondents with 67 percent rating the school board’s performance as good or excellent and 66 percent rate the superintendent and administrators’ job performance as good or excellent.

Teachers as well continue to receive high rankings with 78 percent of survey respondents giving them a good or excellent performance rating.

They have always been rated very highly, Morris said about the district’s teachers.

Overall, Morris said the survey results are quite impressive the year following the successful passage of a levy referendum.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]

  • Melissa Thompson

    I find it a little disingenuous on the part of the district to be implying that this “public opinion survey” is somehow reflective of the overall opinions of parents in our school community. What isn’t made public is the fact that of the 500 people surveyed, 330 or 66% do not have even kids in our schools and yet they were asked questions like “Overall, do you think the AH school district meets the needs of students?” and “How would you rate the school district on offering a wide range of educational options for students?” Keeping in mind that 66% do NOT have kids in our schools, so how in the world could they render an opinion on such specifics? They also were asked to render opinions on “how well they thought the school board was doing”, and they did, yet when asked to name their member of the board 82% had no idea who that was, yet they gave high marks for their performance without knowing who they were?

    A total of 99 very specific questions in all were posed to 330 people without kids in our district and yet for those of us who actually have students in the schools we asked a total of 16, very generic parent/student survey questions and I have yet to locate the results of those surveys and I find it curious that those results are so secret, why that is? I just think the way these resutls are being passed off as an overall acceptance of the board’ss performance is very telling and who hope others will inquire as to why they “specifically” sought the opinions of people who could have no idea what’s going on “in our schools” and seem reluctant to ask the same questions to those of us who do.