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The 2015-2016 Parent Involvement Survey for the Annual Performance Report, Indicator 8 is ready for dissemination and collection. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is asking for your assistance in promoting the completion of the survey by whatever means works best in your division.
The format of the survey has changed for 2015-2016. Your office will soon receive a package of postcards for your distribution to families of students with special needs. However, a copy of the postcard is attached to this message for your review. The postcard asks respondents to answer one question related to Indicator 8 which will be used to gauge how well your families believe that you have facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. The postcard will be pre-addressed with pre-paid postage for easy return to VDOE.
In addition to the postcard, families will have the opportunity to complete an online survey with more detailed questions and provide commentary on their experiences in the special education process during the 2015-2016 school year. The results of this extended online survey will be used only for providing school divisions with additional feedback on how parents responded to other issues related to the special education process. A copy of the online survey is also attached to this message.
The collection window for the survey can begin immediately upon receipt of the postcards and extend until September 30, 2016. During the collection window, VDOE will engage in a number of technical assistance outreach efforts to parents and parent organizations to ensure that every parent of a child with a disability in the Commonwealth has the opportunity to participate in the survey. The VDOE has set a goal of significantly increasing the responses from families who have children with disabilities in Virginia.
Thank you for your ongoing commitment to ensure that we involve each parent in his/her child’s special education program. If you have questions or need assistance concerning this survey process, please contact Hank Millward at Hank.Millward@doe.virginia.gov; (804) 371-0525.