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LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SURVEY 2008-09 SCHOOL LEADER TRAINING. January/February 2009. Learning Environment Survey: Agenda. SURVEY REFRESHER WHAT’S NEW IN 2009 TIPS TO INCREASE RESPONSE RATE IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCHOOL. SURVEY REFRESHER.

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Learning environment survey 2008 09 school leader training

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT SURVEY2008-09SCHOOL LEADER TRAINING

January/February 2009


Learning environment survey agenda

Learning Environment Survey: Agenda

  • SURVEY REFRESHER

  • WHAT’S NEW IN 2009

  • TIPS TO INCREASE RESPONSE RATE

  • IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCHOOL


Learning environment survey 2008 09 school leader training

SURVEY REFRESHER

  • 2008-09 is the 3rd year of the Learning Environment Survey

  • Parents, Teachers and Students in Grades 6-12 receive separate surveys

  • Survey counts for 10 percent of the total Progress Report Grade

  • Designed to measure four categories

    • ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS

    • COMMUNICATION

    • ENGAGEMENT

    • SAFETY & RESPECT

  • In 2008, 40% of Parents, 61% of Teachers and 78% of Students completed surveys and gave feedback to their schools


What s new this year

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

The Survey Team received feedback on all aspects of the Survey process. We have responded with improvements.

  • Survey Kick-Off to coincide with MS Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Making the Online Survey accessible to all

  • Green School Award to recognize high online participation

  • Response Rate Updates will be issued regularly to schools

  • Simplified process to remove ineligible parents, students, teachers

  • Siblings policy explained

  • Survey Code of Ethics to clarify responsibilities of school leaders


What s new this year1

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Survey Kick-Off to coincide with MS Parent Teacher Conferences This year the Survey will kick off on February 24th, in time for Middle school parent teacher conferences. All schools will receive parent surveys in time for their parent teacher conferences. The Survey period will close on April 24th.

Making the Online Survey accessible to all

Green School Award to recognize high online participation

Response Rate Updates will be issued regularly to schools

Simplified process to remove ineligible parents, students, teachers

Siblings policy explained

Survey Code of Ethics to clarify responsibilities of school leaders

The Survey Team received feedback on all aspects of the Survey process. We have responded with improvements.

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Learning environment survey 2008 09 school leader training

MAKING THE ONLINE SURVEY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL

  • Public Libraries to partner with DOE for Survey

    All 153 branches of the New York City, Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries will be prepared to assist parents who are interested in completing the Survey online. For more information on the locations and hours when local libraries are open, please visit these websites:

  • New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/

  • Brooklyn Public Library: http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/

  • Queens Public Library: http://www.queenslibrary.org/

  • Web Translation for Students and Parents

    This year all parent and student online surveys will be translated into the 8 DOE approved languages. In addition, the online surveys are compatible with assistive and adaptive technology, as well as read-aloud settings.

    • ArabicBengali

    • ChineseHaitian Creole

    • UrduKorean

    • SpanishRussian


Green school award to recognize online participation

GREEN SCHOOL AWARD TO RECOGNIZE ONLINE PARTICIPATION

  • Green School Award

    The Survey Team will be giving out a Green School Award. Green Schools will be recognized by Department of Education and City officials in the spring; the Green School Award will also be displayed both on that school’s Survey Report and Progress Report.

  • Online-Only Program

    Schools with above average teacher and student response rates were invited to participate in the Online-Only Survey Program for either students and/or teachers.

    While only certain schools are participating in the Online-Only Program, all schools are eligible to receive the Green School Award.

  • To receive the Green School Award, a school must achieve at least these online participation levels for all populations:

    • Parents20%

    • Teacher61%

    • Students78%


What s new this year2

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Survey Kick-Off to coincide with MS Parent Teacher Conferences

Making the Online Survey accessible to all

Green School Award to recognize high online participation

Response Rate Updates will be issued regularly to schools

Survey Coordinators will receive updates beginning the first week of Survey administration. Online submissions will be processed quicker.

Simplified process to remove ineligible parents, students, teachers

Siblings policy explained

Survey Code of Ethics to clarify responsibilities of school leaders

The Survey Team received feedback on all aspects of the Survey process. We have responded with improvements.

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Improvement to processing ineligibles

IMPROVEMENT TO PROCESSING INELIGIBLES

Unlike last year, this year we are neither asking schools to return the envelopes of ineligible respondents nor to email the Survey Team with the names of those ineligible parents, teachers or students.

  • If a respondent receives a survey, it is because the ATS or Human Resources data listed that individual as active within that school. To fix this, schools must address the issue in the data source by taking the following steps.

    • If a school receives a survey for a student or parent of a student who is no longer enrolled in that school, then the Survey Coordinator for that school must notify the school’s pupil accounting secretary of the need to update that student file. This is done in ATS.

    • If a school receives a survey for a teacher who is no longer in that school, then the Survey Coordinator for that school should notify the school’s administration of the need to update that teacher file. If a school’s administration has questions on this procedure, they should contact their Integrated Service Center and ask for assistance from Human Resources.


Sibling policy explained

SIBLING POLICY EXPLAINED

  • As it has been for the past two years, the rule remains that a parent should fill out one survey per school, regardless of how many children he or she has in that school. The Survey Team has identified siblings as long as the following fields are identical in their ATS records:

    • School ID (DBN), Street Number, Street Name, Apartment Number, Zip Code, Parent Last Name, Parent First Name, Phone Number

  • This identifies a majority of the siblings in schools, and we do not send multiple parent surveys if we can identify siblings. More than one parent survey could be sent to a family in a school if there are inaccuracies in the student data files in ATS, the source system which is maintained at schools.

  • If you have additional questions, please contact your school’s pupil accounting secretary or administration.


Survey code of ethics

SURVEY CODE OF ETHICS

  • The efforts of Principals and other school personnel to promote a high response rate for the Learning Environment Survey places an important responsibility on schools to avoid even the appearance of any breach in survey confidentiality or of any attempt to influence the responses of parents, teachers or students.

  • School officials should not coerce, influence, or encourage parents, teachers, or students to fill out a survey with any particular answer. While it is important to make efforts to increase the survey response rate, the goal of the Survey is to collect accurate information that school leaders can use to improve. This requires that respondents know that they can fill out the survey in a totally confidential manner without any influence over their answers. Principals and school staff should avoid taking any steps that suggest – or have even the appearance of trying to influence – the answers that respondents provide.


What s new this year3

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR?

Survey Kick-Off to coincide with MS Parent Teacher Conferences

Making the Online Survey accessible to all

Green School Award to recognize high online participation

Response Rate Updates will be issued regularly to schools

Simplified process to remove ineligible parents, students, teachers

Siblings policy explained

Survey Code of Ethics to clarify responsibilities of school leaders

The Survey Team received feedback on all aspects of the Survey process. We have responded with improvements.

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Tips to increase response rate

TIPS TO INCREASE RESPONSE RATE

Minimum requirements of Survey Coordinators:

  • Receive Surveys

  • Distribute Surveys to Student, Teachers and Parents

  • Receive and distribute posters

  • Troubleshoot problems as they arise

    • The Office of Accountability Service Desk will be your main partner in working through any issues that arise.

    • The OA Service Desk will monitor shipping of surveys and will contact schools to ensure that all boxes have been received by school leaders.

    • You will also receive tracking information on the boxes of surveys being shipped to your school.


Tips to increasing response rate break out session 1

TIPS TO INCREASING RESPONSE RATE:BREAK-OUT SESSION #1

In groups of 4-6 people, share your experiences with the Survey for the past two years

  • What strategies did you employ at your school last year to increase the number of parents filling out surveys?

  • What did other schools do to engage parents and increase response rate?


Tips to increase response rate1

TIPS TO INCREASE RESPONSE RATE

  • Create a survey team

    • Recruit a Parent Captain to help devise strategies, plan events, spread the word and reach out to families at your school

    • Include student leaders to assist in all phases of survey planning and execution. Students can be helpful in assisting with logistical efforts (sorting and delivering surveys). They can also review the results from last year and again later when the survey results for this year are released to contribute ideas about how improvement can be made.

    • Your school’s UFT Chapter Chair should work alongside you in an effort to drive response levels for the teacher survey. The Survey Team is conducting sessions for all UFT Chapter Chairs in order to answer their questions and emphasize the importance of the project to all teachers.


Tips to increase response rate2

TIPS TO INCREASE RESPONSE RATE

  • Hold survey events for parents

    • Plan events to kick off the survey period. For elementary schools, the first event will most likely be Parent-Teacher Conferences.

    • Capitalize on pre-planned events parents attend. These might include PTA meetings, basketball games, or school concerts. These are excellent opportunities to spread the word to parents and encourage them to fill out the survey.

    • Give parents access to the Internet by encouraging them to visit a library. During the survey period, plan a night or multiple nights where parents can come in and fill out the survey online in a computer lab. In addition, all libraries will be open to parents and ready to get them online to complete a copy of the survey in their language.

    • Encourage parent-to-parent appeals. Schools last year that had high parent response rates on the survey used parents to reach out to other parents. These efforts were coordinated through parent organizations and proved to be successful, especially in reaching out to parents who speak languages other than English.


Tips to increase response rate3

TIPS TO INCREASE RESPONSE RATE

3.Show that the Survey helped change the school

  • This is the most compelling, best incentive to encourage people to take the Survey. While some schools will offer incentives to reward parents and students for taking the Survey, this is a much stronger appeal.

  • Present changes to school groups. It is not enough to only make the changes; you must also communicate that important changes have been made because of the feedback provided by students (an assembly), parents (Parent-Teacher conferences and PTA meetings), and teachers (faculty meeting).

  • This is especially effective in addressing low Teacher Response Rate.Teachers should be told that by completing a survey, they are making the school administration aware of changes they would like to see to classroom practices and organizational structures. If teachers do not complete surveys, the administration cannot learn of their preferences and the status quo will remain.


Learning environment survey 2008 09 school leader training

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCHOOL

  • Break-Out Session #2

  • What did you do to improve your school with Survey results from last year? Please note changes made based on:

    • Parent surveys

    • Teacher surveys

    • Student surveys

    • Overall strategies? School-wide trends

  • What did other members in your group do at their schools?

    • Parent surveys

    • Teacher surveys

    • Student surveys

    • Overall strategies? School-wide trends


Examples of how schools used survey results

EXAMPLES OF HOW SCHOOLS USED SURVEY RESULTS

  • 16K026 (ES) – The school’s survey results indicated that parents felt the school was unsafe. Using an additional survey, Principal Michele Ashley was able to pinpoint the problem: the park located next to the school. She worked with other principals in her building and City park officials to close the park during school hours.

  • 30Q148 (ES) – Seeing low scores on Communication, the school leadership devised a new way to communicate each student's progress in reading to parents. The school now sends regular letters to families with suggestions for how parents can help the child meet his/her end-of-year goal in reading.

  • 26Q213 (ES) – The principal of the school worked with the Parent Coordinator to plan an International Fair involving parents to showcase the different cultures represented at the school. This both addressed the Engagement and Communication aspects measured by the survey.


Examples of how schools used survey results1

EXAMPLES OF HOW SCHOOLS USED SURVEY RESULTS

  • 10X095 (MS) - Serge Davis was a new principal who came to the school just after the release of last year's survey results. He decided that the best way to address concerns about parent engagement was to create "learning walks" to give parents a first-hand view of what was happening at the school.

  • 10X020 (MS) - Carol Carlsen saw that her school did not score well in the Engagement section of the survey. She's focusing especially on student engagement by making sure students know exactly which adults in the school they can go to with particular questions or problems (addressing two of the questions on the survey itself). To supplement the effort and evaluate its success, she regularly gives the students at her school the Learning Environment Survey to track the school's improvement throughout the year.


Survey quest will facilitate school improvement

SURVEY QUEST WILL FACILITATE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

Survey Quest will be released in January to the public. Hosted on the Survey website (schools.nyc.gov/surveys), Survey Quest is a tool that will support the efforts of school users to use survey results to improve.

These are the three main functions of Survey Quest:

  • Find A School –to view a Single School

  • Compare Schools –to view two schools

  • Advanced Find A School –to search for schools using survey results and school information

  • These search functions both point out a school’s potential for improvement, as well as identify other, similar schools that have posted strong survey results.


Survey quest single school view

SURVEY QUEST: SINGLE SCHOOL VIEW

Within the Single School View, users first see the summary view of a school. From here, users can click to view more granular details, all the way down to seeing questions and responses shown by percentage.


Survey quest compares schools

SURVEY QUEST:COMPARES SCHOOLS

A user can search dynamically for two schools and then compare their survey results.

The display is designed to allow for quick high-level comparison all the way down to the question-level.


Survey quest advanced find a school

  • School Survey Performance

  • Geography and School District

  • School Demographics

SURVEY QUEST: ADVANCED FIND A SCHOOL

  • Advanced Find A School allows users to search for schools using the same set of controls

  • Users can look for schools by:


Survey quest advanced find a school1

SURVEY QUEST: ADVANCED FIND A SCHOOL

Once a user has made a selections using any or all of the controls, she clicks either “View Matching Schools” or “Create My Own Report”.

A user can then either select one of the matching schools, compare two of the schools, or search for a new school.


Contact the survey team surveys@schools nyc gov 212 374 6646 schools nyc gov surveys

Contact the Survey [email protected](212) 374-6646schools.nyc.gov/surveys

January/February 2009


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