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Annual education telephone survey underway

The Ministry of Education is conducting its annual telephone surveys to collect teachers’ and other partners’ perceptions of Alberta’s K–12 education system.

The surveys opened Jan. 15 and are gathering responses from a random sample of teachers, principals, school board trustees, parents, the public, high school students and employers of recent high school graduates. There will be more than 5,800 completed surveys, ensuring that survey results for each of the respondent groups are statistically representative.

The survey is also being offered in French to five respondent groups: senior high school students, parents, teachers, principals and school board trustees.

The purpose of the survey is to determine satisfaction with

  • the overall quality of the education system;
  • the education system meeting the needs of students and supporting our society and the economy;
  • schools providing a safe, caring and inclusive environment for students;
  • the preparation of students for lifelong learning, employment and active citizenship;
  • the education system having effective working relationships with system partners;
  • leadership and continuous improvement of the education system;
  • knowledge, skills, abilities and other related attributes of recent high school graduates; and
  • facilities and equipment in the education system.

The survey responses are completely confidential and only aggregate data will be reported. Advanis Inc. has been contracted to administer the telephone/online surveys beginning Jan. 15, with an expected conclusion in May.

Survey responses help the ministry identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement, while helping to support a more effective and accountable education system. Some survey results are also used in specific business plan performance measures and will be reported in the ministry’s 2023/24 annual report. Performance measures from the most recent Alberta Education business plan, which are based on survey results, include

  • satisfaction that schools provide a safe, caring and healthy learning environment;
  • agreement that students are engaged in their learning at school; and
  • satisfaction that students have opportunities to receive a broad program of studies.

For further inquiries or additional information on the surveys, please contact Alberta Education’s Corporate Planning Branch at or 780-422-1963 (toll-free in Alberta by first dialing 310-0000).