In a letter to parents, Neary School Principal Linda Murdock shared information on results of the iPad Pilot parent survey. She also expressed the hope to make a decision soon to implement a revised plan.
According to her report, only 77% of 4th grade parents responded. Of those, “around 75% supported and intended to participate in the project.”
While not specifying the purchase/not purchase choices, she did break down feedback through comments as follows:
46% had only positive comments about the project; 26% were positive but had some concerns 20% made comments opposing the project; 7% had no comments.”
(By my calculations, that means 15.4% of 4th grade parents made opposing comments.)
She also shared an overview of comments from the parents of 3rd graders:
there were 51 comments from 3rd grade parents, which would be approximately 39% of the class if you assume that each comment was from a different student’s parent. Of the 3rd grade parent comments, 68% were positive (some with some concerns) and 33% made comments opposing the project.
She reminded parents that the survey was not a vote. The Technology Committee and the school now need to give comments thoughtful consideration before their next step:
After that, we can make a decision about the project that will hopefully meet everyone’s concerns. At this point, cost seems to be the primary concern, so in parallel with finishing our review of the survey information we are working on developing some other options for consideration that may help on that front.
I am hopeful that we will have a decision on the project in the near future and that we will be able to implement a plan that will work for everyone.
Updated (11/19/13 6:47 pm): I changed the headline. I wrote and scheduled the post last night and ever since I saw the headline this morning, it’s been bugging me. I felt that “less than 16%” implied an opinion about the figure. I should have just written 15.4% in first place. (Frankly, I would have rounded to 15%, but some commenters made a stink when I rounded a figure in another headline and I didn’t want a repeat!)