The Fairbanks School District’s latest School Climate surveys show a steady decline in how staff and students rate local schools on safety, engagement and environment. It also reveals that parents are increasingly dissatisfied with schools, overall.

The surveys, which will be discussed during the Oct. 17 Fairbanks School Board meeting, show that 10% of parents gave Fairbanks schools a grade of “D” or “F” when it comes to overall performance. Another 16.2% of parents gave schools a “C” grade. Those marks represent the highest levels of dissatisfaction since at least 2016.

While students gave schools at 90.9% in engagement, 77.4% in safety and 82.7% in environment, those are also the lowest percentages since 2016. The safety valuation is considerably lower than any previous years.

Notably, the highest marks for engagement, safety and environment were recorded by students in the 2021 survey, when the vast majority of children were learning from home due to Covid-related school closures.

Staff gave schools the highest grades in the recent survey – engagement (88.6%), safety (92.3%) and environment (86.8%) – but even these ratings are eroding compared to past years.

Roughly 3,500 students and 700 staff, along with 1,315 parents participated in the survey, which was published last month.

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Evaluations of Fairbanks schools worsen among parents, staff & students

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Schools emphasize perverse sex Ed, global warming, while turning the thermostat up, white privileged terrorist, ESG, global thinking, overpopulation, victimization, trans wickedness, Marxist ideology, etc etc! The product in this sausage factory understands sexual perversion but can’t type, add or subtract, do a budget, sew, cook, clean a wound , communicate without the f-word! What do we expect? Dunleavy removed all qualifications for applicants to get state employment! We died at the top of the rung and it is now seen at the bottom!

  • Lee says:

    Engagement, safety, environment? What about reading, writing, arithmetic? “Educators” seem to have forgotten about citizenship, sportsmanship, history, & geography? Perhaps with some vocabulary skills kids cd find other ways to express themselves than the F word.

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