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Board President’s Report #2: Climate Survey

The Board of Trustees has approved an online survey to measure perceptions about the school sites and the District as a whole. The questions were taken from standardized school climate surveys collected through Pivot Learning, our nonprofit partner in the survey process. Those questions were then reviewed and revised by a team consisting of myself and Trustee Ferrario,   Jack Ewing, a  Taylor Middle School teacher, and Ida Jew, the facilitator from Pivot Learning. The committee focused on five essential components of school success: effective leaders, collaborative teachers, involved families, supportive environment, and ambitious instruction.  We spent more than 30 hours on this process to assure that questions were clear, concise, and fair.  The start and end dates of the survey will be announced in the very near future, and here are the answers to some of the questions you might have: (click on your question)


What is the purpose of the survey?

How will the survey be administered? 

How long does it take to complete the survey?

Will I receive instructions?

What kind of questions are on the survey?

Are my response anonymous and confidential

How will my privacy be protected?

Will the results be used to evaluate individuals?

How will the survey results be tabulated?

How will the results be used?


What is the purpose of the survey?  The survey is intended to measure the perceptions, opinions, and feelings of teachers, staff, and parents about the climate and environment of the schools and the District.


How will the survey be administered?  The survey is done online, and a link that you will receive will take you to the survey site.  Simply answer the questions given, take advantage of comment boxes to add other thoughts, and close the survey at the end.


How long does it take to complete the survey?  Depending on the length of your comments, the survey should take no more than 10 minutes.


Will I receive instructions? Yes. Flyers will be sent to all parents, teachers, and staff in advance of the survey start date. A help or question phone number will also be provided.


What kind of questions are on the survey?  Questions are designed to give you a range of responses, indicating how much you agree or disagree with a statement. You will also have a chance to provide feedback through comment boxes which appear throughout the survey.


Are my response anonymous and confidential? Absolutely.  There is no personal identifying information on the survey.  We do ask for the name of the school with which you are associated, so that each campus will receive meaningful and useful information.


How will my privacy be protected?  Individual responses are not reported;  they are combined with those of other responders, and will be part of a summary report.


Will the results be used to evaluate individuals? No, the purpose of the survey is to collect information about how you perceive the climate of your school and the District.  It is not an evaluation tool.  Concerns or complaints about individuals should be brought forward through the normal chain of communication, rather than using the survey.


How will the survey results be tabulated?  The team which created the survey (see above) will receive the data, collate it, and provide a preliminary results report to the Trustees, the Superintendent, the Principals, and at each individual school site for teachers and parents.


How will the results be used? The survey will be used to identify significant faculty, staff, and parent concerns which will then be addressed.  The results will also help with planning, to make sure that what we do well is preserved and what can be improved will be. Lastly, the results will provide a benchmark for future surveys so that we can measure change and improvement.


We hope that you will participate in this process because it provides an opportunity for the school community to have a voice in improving our schools.


Denis Fama, President

March 18, 2014

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