The results are in from Cobb Superintendent Michael Hinojosa’s survey of parents, teachers, faculty and taxpayers given in February, and there are some questions about how informed they are.
Phillip Downs of Kerr & Downs Research in Tallahassee, Fla., who conducted the $12,450 survey, will present the official results to the school board during this morning’s work session.
According to a board update from Hinojosa’s office, Internet and phone surveys were given to 2,520 people in total.
There were 486 students in ninth through 12th grades surveyed, 346 parents, 200 taxpayers and 1,488 faculty members.
The executive summary states:
- Most people participating in this study were not well informed about Superintendent Hinojosa’s job performance. Hence, Kerr & Downs Research conducted two analyses: one with all participants and one with only those who were more informed.
- Faculty/staff and parents were generally informed about the performance of the Cobb County School District, yet taxpayers and students were less informed.
- Based on the generally low levels of awareness of the school district’s performance and Superintendent Hinojosa’s performance, it should be noted that many, if not a majority of participants in this study, based their ratings on their perceptions rather than on hard data.
Results in the 28-page document also showed that several areas were given a “B” or better grade, including whether Cobb Schools are headed in the right direction, if the district is preparing students for the next steps in their lives and if Hinojosa is making the right decisions to improve the district.
There was also information about the percentage of stakeholders who ranked Cobb in the 25th percentile of schools in metro Atlanta: 92 percent of parents, 82 percent of faculty, 72 percent of students and 68 percent of taxpayers.
These results will be taken into consideration when the school board fills out the superintendent’s annual evaluation. It will account for 10 percent of his performance rating.
In October the board unanimously approved the evaluation to include a stakeholder survey, but it could not cost more than $15,000 a year.