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Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District launching a Special Education Satisfaction Survey


District seeking to gauge satisfaction with its special education program


The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is asking parents to participate in a Special Education Satisfaction Survey launching on Monday, May 19. District leadership is seeking to measure stakeholder satisfaction with special education programs and services.


Designed and administered by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey focuses on topics such as parent involvement and relationships, communication, and processes and procedures, among others.


“Our goal is to provide our students with a high-quality education that empowers them to be successful in college and/or career,” said Sandra Lyon, Superintendent of SMMUSD. “This survey allows us to assess our special education programs and services to ensure that we are effectively meeting student needs.”


Parents who have provided the district with their email addresses will receive email invitations to participate. The survey will also be accessible to parents via the district website at


In the interest of privacy, candor and widespread participation, all survey responses are confidential and anonymous to district staff. Results will only be delivered collectively, with no individual data or identifying information in any report.


Once the survey has closed on Friday, May 30, the district will share results with the community, along with an explanation of how it will use the data to make any necessary improvements to the special education program.


“As we work to foster a culture of transparency, trust and collaboration, listening and responding to our stakeholders is crucial,” Lyon said. “Together, we will provide our special needs learners with the social, emotional and physical support they need to live rich and fulfilling lives.”





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