Survey Says: HISD Doing a Good Job

Results of a new survey show a marked improvement in public perception of the Houston Independent School District. The overall opinion among parents and the general public has risen significantly since the time the last survey was conducted. Pat Hernandez has more.


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The telephone survey, conducted in the spring by Creative Consumer Research, involved 300-parents and over a thousand members of the general public, some which included community leaders. Results were compared to the last survey conducted 2-years ago.

“We’re very pleased with the results. Obviously our parents and the general population as a whole have a better feeling about HISD and the job that we’re doing and we’re very pleased.”

That’s Norm Uhl with the HISD. In the general population, favorable ratings went up from 48-percent to 65 percent. The numbers from parents surveyed went up from 57-percent to 82-percent in 2009. Uhl says opinions were taken on things like:

“Effective student learning and academic achievement, treating parents as valued partners, safety takes precedence over everything else, whether we use tax dollars wisely and efficiently. And in all of those categories, we went up. The perception is that we’re doing a good job, that we have high standards, that we’re being effective. And I think part of that is driven by the successes that we’ve had that have been reported in the news.”

He adds the numbers did not factor into the resignation of superintendent Dr. Abe Saavedra or the announcement of the record breaking ratings of schools.

PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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