Survey shows Leander ISD schools excel in supporting families

Survey shows Leander ISD schools excel in supporting families
Posted on 01/24/2018
Leander ISD Superintendent's Column by Dan Troxell, Ph.D.

Leander ISD Superintendent's Column by Dan Troxell, Ph.D. 

Like any smart business focused on customer service and continuous improvement, Leander ISD operates using several data points to measure our success. We strive to meet the needs of students, increase academic achievement each year, provide robust enrichment opportunities, and ensure the positive social development of each child.

Data points such as state test scores, College and Career Pathways participation and college entrance examinations serve our leadership team and classroom teachers with quantitative measures for our educators to use in growing students academically each year. In measuring the overall satisfaction of our students, parents and employees, Leander ISD utilizes an annual survey tool to engage our community.

The survey asks for feedback on student support, academic preparation, parent engagement, safety and behavior, school leadership, and educational programs and services. It also asks about communication preferences and school operations, including facilities, transportation and child nutrition.

The district has partnered with independent research and communications firm K12 Insight to administer the survey and ensure the confidentiality of participants, their responses and personal information. K12 Insight complies with all state and federal laws regarding the use and dissemination of student education records including, but not limited to, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Personal information will not be shared or otherwise distributed without explicit consent or legal requirement.

The information derived from our surveys directly impacts our operations. For example, one of the most significant insights from the 2017 survey results was how safe our parents and students feel in our schools. In fact, more than 90 percent of respondents indicated a positive feeling about the security of our campuses.

We hope to improve these numbers – with 100 percent always being the goal regarding safety – through our Second Step social skills curriculum, implementation of new anti-bullying measures and the installation of secure vestibules at all elementary schools, adding middle and high schools in the coming years.

Also, the 2017 survey indicates that students and families overwhelmingly feel emotionally supported in our schools and believe that trusted adults regularly listen to students, encourage them, and address their concerns.

We will be conducting our 2018 survey Feb. 6–23. I encourage every Leander ISD employee, parent and community member to share your thoughts through this crucial tool.
The more people we hear from, the more accurately we can assess our performance as a district. Visit for additional information and check your email inbox for notifications about the survey.

If we focus on making smart decisions based on an accurate feedback from our families, Leander ISD can continue to be an elite school system for our one community, with one purpose, for #1LISD.