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.