School Climate Assessment Lab

Assessment and evaluation services

The School Culture and Climate Initiative (Initiative) is committed to using data from multiple sources to guide all school climate improvement efforts.  A data-driven approach ensures that decisions are grounded in facts, that resources are used wisely, and that progress can be identified, measured, and celebrated.

The Lab offers access to a variety of reliable and useful tools, data analysis and reporting, and assistance with interpreting the data to determine helpful next steps. Custom evaluation services to meet the individualized needs of schools or organizations are also available.

Assessment Tools

Equity and Inclusion Survey*

Purpose

This survey provides schools and districts with a clear picture of how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school. The survey can help schools and districts track the progress of equity initiatives through the lens of the student, identify areas for celebration and improvement, and signal the importance of equity and inclusion to the community. Survey questions can be modified to meet specific school needs

Versions Available

Student version

  • Online

* The Equity and Inclusion Survey was developed by Panorama Education in partnership with the RIDES (Reimagining Integration: Diverse & Equitable Schools) Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Reopening School Community Needs Assessment*

Purpose

This survey helps school districts understand and assess the needs of students, staff, and families with comprehensive feedback on distance learning, well-being, academic needs, social-emotional learning and access to resources. Survey questions can be modified to meet specific school needs

Versions Available

Student version

  • Online
  • Student Distance Learning, Well-Being, and SEL Surveys

Staff version

  • Online
  • Staff Distance Learning, Well-Being, and SEL Surveys

Parent version

  • Online
  • Family Reopening Needs Survey

*The Reopening School Community Needs Assessment was developed by Panorama Education to assist schools as they moved into distance learning. SCCI created a modified version to help school districts identify the social, emotional, and academic needs of students, staff, and families as schools develop transition plans to reopen in the upcoming academic year. 

School Culture and Climate Assessment Survey*

Purpose

This survey provides valuable data for schools interested in improving their culture and climate.

Versions Available 

Student version

  • Online and paper
  • English and Spanish

Staff version 

  • Online and paper
  • English and Spanish

Parent version

  • Online
  • English and Spanish

Note: Lab is currently piloting a Grade K – 2 school climate survey. This is a brief, five item paper survey and the responses are disaggregated for analysis by grade level and gender identity.

* This survey is a revised version of a school climate survey developed during the Developing Safe and Civil Schools (DSACS) project led by Maurice Elias, Ph.D. of Rutgers University.

School Health Assessment Survey

Purpose

This survey is intended for schools that have a strong focus on wellness or have a desire to make wellness a priority and need a baseline of data to get started.

Versions Available

Student version

  • Online and paper
  • English only (translation available upon request)

Staff version

  • Online and paper
  • English only (translation available upon request)

Spectrum School Climate and Bullying Prevention Survey*

Purpose

This survey has a specific focus on bullying prevention. It collects detailed information about bullying behavior, groups who may be at highest risk and therefore, has practical program implications.

Versions Available

Student version

  • Online
  • English and Spanish

Staff version

  • Online
  • English only

Parent version

  • Online
  • English and Spanish

* The Spectrum School Climate and Bullying Prevention Survey was developed by Paula Rodriguez Rust, Ph.D. of Spectrum Diversity, LLC and has been transferred from Spectrum Diversity to the Lab. 

Assessment Interpretation and Support

Once survey administration is complete, the Lab collects, analyzes, and produces summary data reports. Data review meetings are then scheduled with staff and student climate teams.  These meetings:

  • Provide an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the data 
  • Allow for discussion of significant findings, strengths, and opportunities for growth 
  • Help team members identify other sources of data to include in the data review process  
  • Conclude with insights that inform next steps and school improvement action plans 

Custom Evaluation Services

The Lab provides a vast array of research and evaluation options related to school climate, social-emotional learning and school wellness including:

  • Program evaluation design support
  • Data collection
  • Analysis and interpretation
  • Data-informed decision making

Why Choose the School Climate Assessment Lab

  • We have extensive knowledge in social-emotional learning and school climate, as well as expertise in evaluation design, implementation and analysis 
  • Our 10-year track record along with numerous awards and recognitions make us the provider that so many schools trust
  • We not only design evaluation options but also manage the entire process including administration and action planning post-assessment

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