Annual Survey 2016  

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Make Your Voice Heard

If you are a parent or guardian of a child ages 3 to 21 receiving special education and related services, we want to hear from you.  The annual Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey is available online by clicking the link below. The survey asks you to enter the age of your children. Based on that information, you are directed to the survey that matches your child's program. If you have children in multiple programs, please feel free to provide feedback for all programs.  We encourage you to take a few minutes to tell us how well your local school system is doing to involve you in your child's educational planning process, and how we can continue to enhance our parent involvement throughout the State of Maryland. 


It's Easy to Get Involved!

Click the image below and view the webinar by Nancy Freely, Lead Specialist, Interagency Collaboration Branch in the Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services. Nancy shares why Your Opinion Matters along with information about the survey.


A copy of the presentation is also available: Your Opinion Matters: Parent Survey 2016.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What is the purpose of the Parent Survey?

  • The purpose of this Survey is to determine how well your child’s school is partnering with you and promoting parent involvement in your child’s education.
  • States must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plans as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Who completes the Parent Survey?

  • Parents or guardians of children ages 3 to 21 who are receiving special education and related services through their local school system.
  • Parents or guardians of children ages 3 to 21 who are receiving special education and related services who are placed in a nonpublic facility by the child’s local school system.


What’s in it for me?

  • This is your opportunity to provide direct feedback to your Local School System or Public Agency.
  • Survey results will be available to the public and used to highlight strengths and identify possible areas for improvement in engaging and involving parents in the special education process.


How do I complete the Survey?  How can I make sure that my answers are counted?

  • You will receive a survey packet in the mail. Instructions on how to complete the survey are included in your packet.


Do I have to participate? If I choose not to participate, will it negatively affect my child’s services?

  • Participation is completely voluntary; however, we encourage you to participate to make your opinions heard. 
  • Your child’s services will not be negatively affected in any way. 


Who will have access to the survey results?

  • The State level report will be published on MSDE’s website.
  • A summary of the Survey results will be provided to each local school system regarding parent involvement in special education.


Thank you for completing the parent survey. Your feedback is extremely important to your local school system and the Maryland State Department of Education!

For additional information please contact Nancy Feeley at MSDE,
(410) 767-0738  or  (410) 767-0264