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State Performance Plan Indicator #8 – Parental Involvement

Percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/spp/plan/contents.htm

If your school district is required to report on this indicator:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has contracted with CyberData, Inc. to assist with this data collection. See:  http://vesidsurvey.com/

Go to the following website to order surveys: www.vesidsurvey.com/order.  The website gives a choice of eight languages in addition to English.  Districts will need to have selected their sample and identified the number required in each language prior to submitting an order.  Please do not photocopy the surveys for distribution.  Surveys provided by CyberData will be in a scanable format.

To determine the number of surveys needed, use the sampling calculator at: http://eservices.nysed.gov/pdsystem/samplesizecalculator.jsp.  The eligible population of students from which parents are selected to participate in the survey includes every preschool and school-age student with a disability who is provided special education services in district-operated programs or under contract with other service providers.  Districts may choose to send surveys to all parents in the district or randomly select a representative sample of parents using the guidelines established by NYSED at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sedcar/randomno.htm.

Once districts order their surveys, CyberData, Inc. will ship the surveys and postage-paid response envelopes to the address specified.  It is imperative that surveys and the response envelopes be sent to parents in the district as soon as possible.  It is recommended that a letter be attached to parents when the surveys are disseminated.  Attached is a sample letter that can be used.

We strongly recommend that districts employ a variety of methods to encourage parents to complete the survey.  Whenever possible, please encourage parents to complete the survey on the Internet at www.vesidsurvey.com/parent.

CyberData, Inc. will provide a website to update the rate of return.  It is the district’s responsibility to take steps to follow up with parents if necessary.  All completed surveys must be returned to CyberData, Inc. by August 31 in order to be counted in the year’s survey.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to Daniel Ryan at 518-486-7462 or by contacting vesidspe@nysed.gov, - subject line: SPP Indicator #8.


Sample letter for District for State Performance Plan Federal Indicator #8 –
Parental Involvement


It is recommended that school districts send a cover letter to parents selected to complete the parent surveys.  Following is an example of a parent letter that school districts may use as an attachment to the parent survey.


Dear Parent:

          Our school district is working with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to collect information on how we help you and other parents of students with disabilities to be involved in their children’s education.  Parents from school districts throughout the State are completing the same survey.  NYSED is working with CyberData, Inc., an independent research firm, to collect the information.

          Your answers to the survey are very important to us.  They will help us identify how well we work with parents in order to improve services and results for all our students with disabilities.  No one from our school district will see how you answered the questions.  CyberData, Inc. will compile the results of the surveys from all our parents and the results will be available to you in a public report issued by NYSED for our school district.

          To complete the questionnaire on the Internet, go to www.vesidsurvey.com/parent.  You may also fill out the enclosed paper survey and mail it to CyberData, Inc. in the postage-paid envelope.  Please take the time to complete the survey as soon as you receive it.

          Thank you for your assistance.  If you have any questions, you may call ____________________________.