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New Gunn counseling survey suggests higher satisfaction level

Original post made on Apr 5, 2013

A new survey of students at Gunn High School in Palo Alto suggests possible improvement in satisfaction levels with the school's guidance counseling program, which has been under fire by some parents and the subject of lengthy discussion by the Board of Education.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 5, 2013, 12:00 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by old news, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 5, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Oh, Dear, what are WCDBPA going to complain about now?

Posted by Next up, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Apr 5, 2013 at 7:24 pm

My daughter did not do well on her math exam last term so I expect that all the questions will now be changed to ones it will be easier for her to do well on but will not be as good at assessing her progress. I'm sure the gunn teachers will all now agree that easier tests are important.

Posted by gunn parent, a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:36 pm

And without TA. Hummm?

Posted by oopsie, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

The Strategic Plan survey results show the same, large, counseling gap between Gunn and Paly. The district's own data and its own slides show a large gap between Paly and Gunn counseling satisfaction for both college counseling and for non-academic counseling as follows:

1. While Paly raised its student satisfaction with college counseling by over 20 points in the past 4 years, Gunn's remained flat. The satisfaction gap thus grew and expanded from parents to students as well. In 2013 (see page 27): Web Link

46% of Gunn parents compared with 72% of Paly parents are satisfied or very satisfied with college counseling.

65% of Gunn students compared with 74% of Paly students are satisfied or very satisfied with college counseling.

Recall that district staff asserted that Gunn had the superior program of college counseling -- that this was the only area in which Gunn exceeded Paly in satisfaction and the one that district staff felt was the most important.

Not anymore.

The gaps are also stark on non-academic counseling:

54% of Gunn parents compared with 73% of Paly parents are satisfied or very satisfied with nonacademic counseling;

58% of Gunn students compared with 68% of Paly students are satisfied or very satisfied with nonacademic counseling.

63% of Gunn students compared with 75% of Paly students are satisfied or very satisfied with the availability of nonacademic counselors.

60% of Gunn students compared with 73% of Paly students are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of nonacademic counseling.

Gunn parents and taxpayers: your school board absolutely does not care that you are receiving demonstrably worse services for over 20 years. There have been more than a dozen surveys over as many years all of which document this gap in basic district services. You are NOT receiving comparable services. Your services are much much worse. The board has accepted the district's refusal to close this gap.

Last month they accepted Dr. Skelly stating that he could not make services comparable because he doesn't know what comparable means.

That's your situation.

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