Research and Evaluation

SY2015 School Climate Report

  Carole Portas Keane, Ph.D. & Berhane Araia, Ph.D.



Since 2007, PGCPS has conducted a school climate survey on a biannual basis to assess how the district’s schools are perceived by stakeholders–students, parents, and teachers.  For the 2015, administration, however, teachers were asked to participate in an Employee Satisfaction Survey, and so as not to ask them to complete two surveys, teachers were not included in the school climate survey.  Some of the factors about which students and parents were asked to opine include school leadership, the level of safety in the schools, and parental involvement, which, when analyzed, reveal what the stakeholders think about their school’s overall climate. With this information, district and school leaders are able to identify strengths that can be built upon to support future improvements. More than 35,000 responses were received from students (28,254) and parents (7,010).  Analyses of those responses indicate that 76.4% of the district’s key stakeholder groups has a positive perception of their schools.  There is a difference, however, in how students perceive their schools and how parents perceive them.  Parents expressed positive perceptions about their schools more often than students.  Specifically, nearly 84% of parents expressed positive perceptions of the schools their children attend, while about three-fourths of students hold positive opinions about the schools they attend.  Parents expressed positive opinions about their own level of engagement most often, while students were most likely to indicate that their schools hold them to high standards of performance.  Both students and parents expressed positive perceptions about the physical condition of the schools least often.

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    In SY2012, 21 percent of middle grades students were enrolled in Algebra I.



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