Administration

To help you navigate the administration of the EDSCLS, we have divided this page into four sections: Materials to Get Started, Notes for IT Administrators, EDSCLS Assistance, and Related Resources. This page also provides links to direct you to more information regarding EDSCLS platform updates and other relevant training materials.

Materials to Get Started

We recommend that you download and read the User Guide before downloading the platform. The guide includes a section for IT staff and a section for survey administrators. 

Materials Were Last Updated on September 26, 2018

Downloadable Materials 

EDSCLS Administration and Installation User Guide

 EDSCLS Survey Item Lists

 EDSCLS Code Books

Nonresponse Bias Worksheet

 EDSCLS VM Installation Materials

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EDSCLS Web-Based Survey Administration Platform VM 3.9
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ATTENTION EDSCLS USERS:

Check out the School Climate Improvement Resource Package!
The suite of resources provides information on using your
EDSCLS survey data. Click here for details.


Need Help?

Feel free to call the EDSCLS Help Desk at 866-730-6735 between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time or email EDSCLS@air.org any time for assistance in:

  • navigating the installation instructions in the User Guide,

  • using the survey administrator dashboard before, during, or after your survey administration, and

  • asking general survey administration support questions.

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Notes For IT Administrators

  1. The Virtual Machine is an extremely large, ranging from 6 to 8.2 GB file depending on the update, and depending on your internet connection, could take quite a while to download. Also, you may need to attempt the download more than once. 
  1. Use the 43b6b5e4af1554b591a79731b9f27107-129 hash on the page to confirm the download file.

Related Resources

NCSSLE provides a host of resources that can guide you in administering school climate surveys and implementing school climate improvement plans in your school and district. These resources include:  

DISCLAIMERS

General Disclaimer

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (THE DEPARTMENT) AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THIS WEB SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. THE DEPARTMENT AND/OR ITS RESPECTIVE SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE DEPARTMENT AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF USE, DATA OR PROFITS, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE USE OR PERFORMANCE OF THE WEB SITES, WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEB SITES OR RELATED SERVICES, THE PROVISION OF OR FAILURE TO PROVIDE SERVICES, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS OBTAINED THROUGH THE WEB SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE WEB SITE, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF THE DEPARTMENT OR ANY OF ITS SUPPLIERS HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF THE WEB SITE, OR WITH ANY OF THESE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE WEB SITE.  USERS WHO CHOOSE TO USE THE WEB SITE DO SO WITH THE UNDERSANDING THAT (1) IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE END USER TO CHECK THE WEB SITE FOR UPDATE AND TO USE THE “UPDATE” FEATURE DESCRIBED IN THE USERS MANUAL TO DESCRIBE UPDATES, (2) THE DEPARTMENT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURE HOSTING OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE WEB SITE AND REALATED APPLICATIONS ONCE INSTALLED ON USERS’ INFRASTRUCTURE AND (3) ONLY QUALIFIED IT ADMINISTRATORS WHO UNDERSTAND BEST PRACTICES IN SERVER ADMINISTRATION AND RELATED SECURITY CONTROLS SHOULD DOWNLOAD, INSTALL CONFIGURE AND ADMINISTER APPLICATIONS AND SOFTWARE IN UTILIZING THE DEPARTMENT’S APPLICATION.

Limitations Disclaimer

The EDSCLS can accommodate up to 500 concurrent respondents using the minimum requirements as detailed above. Up to 500 additional concurrent respondents can be supported if dual servers are used with the following server settings: 8 vCPU, 16GB Memory, 100GB disk.

If a user wishes to support more than 500 concurrent respondents, multiple copies of the EDSCLS platform can be installed and results from the multiple copies can be combined (see 2.2.10 Exporting and Importing Respondent-Level Survey Results). Due to these load limitations it is recommended that large education agencies (for example, State Education Agencies) install multiple copies of the platform. Large education agencies may also wish to reduce the load on the EDSCLS platform by staggering their survey administration such that a limited number of students attempt to access the platform at once. 

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