Douglas County School District (DCSD) worked with Corona Insights to conduct a comprehensive survey of employees, parents, students, and community. The results of the survey will be presented to the community and the Board of Education on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The survey results in many ways mirror the results of the surveys the Douglas County Federation commissioned in 2012 and 2015.
Some specific concerns discovered are below:
- 87% of teachers with over five years experience in the district disagree that the climate and culture of the district make for positive work environment.
- 86% of veteran teachers disagree that the evaluation system accurately measures a teacher’s effectiveness.
- 79% of all teachers (and 89% of those with over five years experience) disagree that the district has a good public image.
- Only 8% of teachers with over five years experience believe that the district listens to their concerns.
- Three out of every four teachers disagree that the current pay system is fair; 83% of teachers disagree that the current pay system attracts or retains quality candidates to DCSD.
We sincerely hope that DCSD will realize that their employees need a seat at the table, and that their voices need to be heard. Employees offered similar feedback in multiple surveys over the past several years, but DCSD discounted each of those surveys. We are grateful that the district finally conducted their own assessment to validate the previous results.