jan. 9, 2017
Earlier this year
, Liberty Central School District invited all
parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and students in grades 3–12
to participate in its Diagnostic Tool for School and District
Effectiveness (DTSDE) Survey.
The district would like to thank everyone who was a part of our
survey. We heard from almost 1,200 students, parents, and
teachers. We’ll use your feedback to ensure Liberty Central School
District is a great place for every student to learn and grow.
Mandated by the New York State Department of Education for
Priority and Focus Schools, the DTSDE Survey asked about six
topics: District leadership and capacity, school leader practices
and decisions, curriculum development and support, teacher
practices and decisions, student social and emotional
developmental health, and family and community engagement.
We’re happy to share that 89 percent of parents said their child
is accepted in his or her school, and nine out of 10 elementary
and secondary students said their teachers want them to do their
Other highlights include:
• 87 percent of parents said there is a teacher, counselor, or
other staff member to whom their child can go to for help with a
• 88 percent of parents said teachers are knowledgeable about the
subjects they teach.
• Teachers overwhelmingly said student progress is monitored by
both formative (95 percent) and summative (97 percent)
• 96 percent of teachers said they use data to determine students’
strengths and weaknesses.
• 89 percent of elementary students and 92 percent of secondary
students said they have the supplies they need for school.
• 90 percent of elementary students said they are safe in school.
• 87 percent of secondary students said they learn from class
This survey also identified some opportunities for improvement,
including encouraging more parental involvement in school, clearly
explaining the reasons behind decisions on key issues, and
establishing strong school-community partnerships.
All three respondent groups also identified bullying as a concern.
Our goal is to learn from our community what practices and
programs most benefit our students and where we should focus
improvement efforts. Working together, we can ensure that every
child is equipped to pursue their dreams and build a successful
Thank you for joining us in this important work. If you have any
ideas or suggestions on how the district can improve in terms of
parent involvement, district communications and establishing
stronger school-community partnerships, please contact
Communications Specialist Alyssa Pagano at (845) 292-5400 ext.
If you have suggestions, comments or concerns on school safety,
bullying or DASA, please contact the main office of your