Frederick County Public Schools Participating in Speak Up 2016

For Immediate Release
October 12, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Frederick County Public Schools is participating in the 2016 Speak Up Survey and is encouraging parents, students, educators and community members to complete the brief, anonymous survey before the December 16 deadline.

The survey is available online at http://bit.ly/SU16survey or through the Speak Up Survey link on the school division’s homepage or any of its individual school homepages. The survey, which will only take about 15 minutes to complete, consists of a series of multiple-choice questions as well as a few open-ended questions. The primary goal of the survey, which is administered each year by the non-profit organization Project Tomorrow and provided to Frederick County Public Schools at no cost, is to give education stakeholders the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues, particularly concerning digital learning and the use of technology. Participating schools and school districts are able to access their local results and use them to help guide decisions related to educational technology.

Frederick County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology Resource Teachers Rod Carnill says, “The Speak Up Survey provides an easy way for students, parents, educators and members of the community to participate in the school division’s decisions about technology as well as contribute to the national dialogue about educational technology. This is the fifth consecutive year that we have participated in the Speak Up Survey. The local results are used to help guide the development and refinement of our Educational Technology Plan as well as the implementation of projects such as our 1:1 Chromebook initiative.”

Individuals are encouraged to complete the Speak Up survey by following these instructions:
  • Visit http://bit.ly/SU16survey
  • Select your group (parents, educators, students, etc.)
  • Search for your school by entering your zip code or by selecting Virginia and selecting your school’s name from the list
  • Read the instructions and begin the survey
  • When prompted, students should enter the secret word- fcpsk12
Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “We have received a great deal of valuable information through the Speak Up Survey over the past four years. Most importantly, we have utilized the data collected through the survey to help guide decisions related to our strategic planning, professional development and budgeting. While collecting data through the Speak Up Survey is important, what’s most important is how we utilize the information collected to make wise decisions about how to best integrate technology into our classrooms in order to provide all students with engaging learning opportunities.”