• Using Results from the School Survey

    Survey Overview

    The school survey gives students, parents and staff the opportunity to let school leaders know what is working well and what needs improvement at their school. Every year, the school survey is given to students in grades 3 to 12, parents of students in pre-k to 12 and full-time, school-based staff. It contains questions about many aspects of the school environment, including administration, family involvement, physical environment and safety, and is completely anonymous. 

    School Budgets

    Results from the school survey are helpful to school leaders when building their budgets. Specifically, information about the availability of a school’s resources, physical environment and learning climate as well as feedback about safety concerns can help school leaders build their School Climate and School Safety Plans and guide decisions about which programs to fund.

    School Performance Measure

    The School Performance Measure is one of the components of the evaluation for teachers and school leaders. The School Performance Measure considers schoolwide progress, overall student growth (elementary schools) or college/career readiness (high schools), and learning environment and climate.

    School Performance Plans

    The School Performance Plan (SPP) is designed to support school leadership teams in improving overall school performance, with an emphasis on instruction and student achievement. The SPP contributes to data-informed decision making and drives school-level strategic planning. It is designed to capture strategies aligned with resources that support instructional priorities, a culture of achievement and community and parent engagement to promote improved student outcomes.
    School safety and climate plans are required as part of the SPP for all schools, except charter schools. School climate plans must address several specific components. The annual school survey collects data on students and staff, and parents perceptions of a number of aspects of the school climate which map onto the specific components of the school climate plans. The alignment between these components is illustrated in the table below. 
     Climate plan component    School Survey
     Development of relationships within schools that promote positive communication and interaction
    • Respectful relationships among students, among staff and between students and staff

    • Extent to which behavioral and academic expectations are clearly communicated

    • Communication between staff and parents about student academic and behavioral needs

    • Perceptions of the extent to which the administration is supportive of staff; is open and responsive to concerns from staff, parents and the community
    Teaching and learning for high academic achievement
    • Perceptions that school sets high standards for achievement and prepares students for college and careers

    • Perceptions that teachers are organized and feel responsible for students’ academic and social and emotional development

    • Perceptions that there are resources available at the school to support learning
    Physical environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning
    • Perceptions of the cleanliness, temperature, lighting and food options in the school building

    • Perception that parents feel welcome at the school
    Safety of all members of the school community
    •  Perceptions of the extent to which a range of safety concerns (e.g., bullying, substance use, vandalism) are a problem at the school

    • Perceptions that students feel safe at the school and going to and from the school
    Schools are asked to review safety and climate plans on a regular basis and adjust as necessary. Data from the annual school survey can help schools assess whether their safety and climate plans are having the desired impact or if additional changes are needed.

    Operator Renewal Rubric

    There are several core components of the renewal process for operator-run schools. Measures of school climate reflect one of these components. Data on the overall satisfaction of students and parents based on the percentage of positive responses on the school survey are used as one of the core measures of school climate.