This year, I decided to do a mid-year parent survey. It's still undecided whether I'll do an end of the year survey, but I'll keep you posted! You can download this survey at the bottom of the post.
I originally got the survey from a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers as a free download. I tweaked it a bit and had it translated into Spanish so I could send it home to all guardians. This is why I'm not uploading it to TPT- it's largely the same with a few questions added/changed and with an added Spanish translation.
Out of the 14 parents I have, I only had 3 return the survey. I included mine in the report card envelope that went home right before winter break. I knew that all the parents would see it, so that would be the best time. However, they also had that whole break to forget about it too. I could've sent another copy home a week into 3rd quarter, but I wasn't too concerned- I figured that if they really wanted to do the survey, they would've.
I didn't have any outrageous or mean answers, though I did roll my eyes at one of results. I knew that by doing this, I would be putting myself out there and opening myself up to negativity. Overall, I think that getting the feedback was helpful. Parents thought homework was fine, they felt that their child's reading skills were growing, the classroom atmosphere was great, and communication was adequate.
Compared to the more typical end of the year survey, I think this is more powerful because if you feel like changes need to be made (big or small), you still have half the year to implement them, and parents feel like you're really taking their thoughts into consideration.
Another perk for doing this is that you can bring this up to your principal at the end of the year as a piece of evidence for communication with parents- that you cared about what they said and potentially implemented necessary changes.
There may be some faults in the preview that are not in the actual document. I hope you enjoy!
Do you feel like doing a survey helps you/your stakeholders? Have you sent one home before?