Listening to Our Students, Staff, and Families – NYC PS & You – 02-16-2024

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Listening to Our Students, Staff, and Families

Dear New Yorkers,

People often ask me to describe the day-to-day experiences of being Chancellor of NYC Public Schools. While my schedule certainly varies, one aspect stays constant: every day, I listen. Whether on a school visit or in a meeting or at a CEC Town Hall, I cannot do my job well without truly listening to our NYCPS community.

That’s why I believe the NYC School Survey is one of the most powerful tools at our disposal. It ensures that every leader in our system hears directly from students, families, and staff.

These surveys are bursting with incredibly valuable information. Are students feeling challenged academically? Are staff feeling supported? Do families feel welcome? At both the local and central level, we use the answers to these questions to make smart and meaningful changes that improve our schools.

So I’m thrilled to share that the 2024 NYC School Survey just opened this week, and teachers, families, and students in grades 6-12 can complete it at until April 5. Families will also receive a paper copy, which is available in 10 different languages.

Now here are some important logistics: To take the survey, students will need their nine-digit student identification (OSIS) number, which can be found on their report card, student ID card, or by requesting it from their school. Families can take the survey by entering “f” followed by their child’s OSIS, or by logging into NYCSA. And teachers and eligible support staff can take the survey online after entering the randomly generated access code provided by their school’s survey coordinator.

It’s our 18th administration of this survey, one of the largest annual surveys in the country. And while participation dipped during the pandemic, we are on the upswing and hope to collect more responses than ever before. I challenge each of our school communities to reach 100% participation—as IS 141 in Queens did last spring!

Between now and April 5, complete the NYC School Survey and make your voice heard. At NYCPS, we are here and ready to listen.

Soaring high,

David C. Banks


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