Survey gives New Bedford Schools feedback from community

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford Public Schools released the results of a first-of-its-kind community survey Tuesday, identifying both concerns and bright spots within the district.

Among the key findings, 57% of the nearly 900 parents, students, teachers, and community members surveyed rated New Bedford’s overall quality of education as fair or poor. 34% called it good, and only 7% rated the school system as excellent.

On a brighter note, 71% supported the district’s plans for improvement, 72% agreed that the district is focused on student achievement, and 84% of parents reported feeling welcome in their child’s school.

But the survey also raised concerns about community engagement. 67% disagreed that community input is sought before decisions are made, and 66% disagreed that the district shares relevant facts with the community before making decisions.

Complete survey results were posted on the New Bedford Schools website.

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