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SY2013 School Climate Report – District-wide Results

Kola K. Sunmonu, Ph.D. & Carole Portas Keane, Ph.D.

 Abstract

To assess the extent to which the district schools are conducive to learning, the district surveys parents, students, and teachers every other year.   The purpose of these surveys is to collect stakeholders’ opinions on factors such as school leadership, the level of safety in the schools, and amount of parental involvement, which, when analyzed, reveal what the stakeholders think about their schools’ overall climate.  Analyses of responses from 53,212 individuals (32,537 students, 15,265 parents, and 5,411 teachers and paraprofessionals), indicate that a substantial majority of the district’s key stakeholder groups has a positive perception of their schools’ climate.   Levels of positive perception do vary by stakeholder group and school type.  Generally, the percentage of respondents with a positive perception is highest at the elementary school level and among parents. Also, the level of positive perception varies by subscale of school climate and stakeholder group.  Though stakeholders differ in their perception on some subscales, notably, ‘Effective Plant Operations,’ ‘Meaningful Use of Data,’ and ‘Parental Involvement,’ there is some agreement among stakeholders on the ‘Effective Teaching,’ ‘Relevant and Challenging Curriculum,’ and ‘High Expectations for All Students’ subscales.  Though the results of the T-scores analyses suggest that the district schools are overwhelmingly ‘average’ in their climate, a sizeable number of schools are ‘above average’ on the overall climate and some of the  subscales; the number of schools rated ‘above average’ is higher than those rated ‘below average.’ This finding suggests that while some schools are doing great, some are also facing challenges. Irrespective of stakeholder group or subscale, most of the schools rated as ‘above average’ are at the elementary school level.

 

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    More than 33,600 students, 9,000 parents, and 5,700 teachers participated in the 2017 School Climate Survey.

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