2020 Student, Teacher, and Family Survey


  • Boston Public Schools administered surveys to students, teachers, and families in late 2020 to  gather perceptions about Engagement, Relationships, Cultural Awareness & Action, and the Remote Learning environment. Results were shared with schools and reviewed by staff. Highlights are posted below.

    Response rates varied across surveys:

    47% of students in grades 3-12 (17,436 responses)

    53% of teachers (2,375 responses)

    29% of families (13,176 responses)


Student Survey

  • Students were asked to rate their experience across several levels of engagement. The questions were designed to develop a deeper understanding of how students were connecting with their teachers, schools, and fellow students. Highlights include:

    • Students responded most favorably to questions about their learning environment (67%), including questions about access and support with online school work (Seventy-five percent of students surveyed responded that their teachers are ‘quite helpful’ or ‘extremely helpful’ in supporting their learning right now.)

    • Only 37% of students responded favorably to questions about classroom engagement, including questions about ease and excitement to access online learning resources. (Only 31% of students surveyed responded that they felt ‘quite connected’ or ‘extremely connected’ to other students at school right now.)


Teacher Survey

  • Teachers were asked to rate their work with students and colleagues. Highlights include:

    • Since the spring survey, teachers responded more favorably on the well-roundness of curriculum (Spring 45% vs. Fall 66%), and less challenging to communicate with families (Spring 38% vs. Fall 57%). However, teachers also reported less frequent communication with families since Spring (Fall 84% vs. 78%).  

    • While 85% of teachers responded favorably to questions about classroom engagement, only 37% of students responded favorably to questions about classroom engagement.


Family Survey

  • Families had the opportunity to rate their overall experience with remote learning and engagement with the district. Highlights include:

    • Families responded most favorably about questions related to Family-School Communication (74%). Eighty percent of family members reported that it was easy to get in contact with their child(ren)’s teachers.

    • Families reported more ambivalence with remote learning. While 86% of respondents indicated that their child/children’s school promoted good relationships with parents, only 56% reported that they were satisfied with how learning is structured at this point.