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2020 Employee Engagement Survey Results

67 percent, 76 percent, 81 percent

The results are in for this year’s Employee Engagement Survey. 

First I want to thank all the employees who participated. This year’s response rate was 67 percent, a four-year high. Especially in a time with numerous challenges, your feedback is valued. The engagement survey is an important tool for continuous improvement, a core value in Rockford Public Schools. 

Below are highlights from the results, which were shared with the Board of Education this week:

  • 79 percent of classroom teachers and 75 percent of certified staff responded, similar to participation in these groups the prior year. The highest jump in participation was among paraprofessionals: 49 percent responded in 2020 versus 36 percent in 2019.   
  • 76 percent of respondents are engaged or highly engaged 
  • 81 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their principal or direct supervisor promotes a positive work culture
  • 61 percent of respondents see professional growth and long-term career opportunities with Rockford Public Schools

My Cabinet and I have begun to study the results. In the coming months, we will lead collaborative action plans for district departments. Principals have received results for their school buildings. Together with school staff, principals will lead a similar process of determining action based on survey feedback.

We continue to face challenges with the percentage of respondents who would recommend the district to their peers. However, we see improvement in the percentage of respondents who would recommend their school to their peers.

On both measures – and in other areas – we are not where we want or need to be. However, together we can accomplish meaningful change. Last year, based on the survey, we accomplished greater collaboration in designing professional development, among other improvements.

Our research partner, K12 Insight, administered the survey again this year. You may find the company’s presentation of the results on the Accountability staff portal page on You may also send me additional thoughts via our communications tool, Let’s Talk!

There have been significant challenges this year. I remain grateful for your commitment and your input as we make progress toward our vision of being the first choice for all families.

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Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett

Dr. Ehren Jarrett is in his eighth academic year leading the Rockford Public Schools. The Board of Education appointed him superintendent in July 2013. Jarrett joined the district's leadership team in June 2011 as an assistant superintendent. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Illinois University, and the school's College of Education has honored him as Alumni of the Year. Dr. Jarrett also serves on the NIU Alumni Board. He is a member of the Alignment Rockford Governing Board, the Discovery Center Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Rockford Area Economic Development Council. He is a member of the Ford NGL Leadership Council and its Superintendent's Council. In addition, Dr. Jarrett is president of the Large Unit District Association, which represents school districts in Illinois that serve at least 3,500 students. He lives in Rockford with his wife, Christie, and their two children.

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