Data Interpretation

Once you have your results, it is important to know how to understand the results and use your data. The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) has developed the following materials to help you understand and interpret your EDSCLS data.   

Understanding EDSCLS Data

Since its inception, the U.S. Department of Education and NCSSLE hosted a webinar to discuss the EDSCLS. Below are links to the recorded session, the presentation slides, and a summary of the questions and answers that arose during the debrief sessions. 

Overview of Pilot ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) Reports

During this training, NCSSLE survey methodologists walked through a sample EDSCLS data report and provide recommendations on how you can interpret your results.

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Note: This debrief session for pilot users says the EDSCLS reports include Mean Topic Area Values. Current EDSCLS reports will not include Mean Topic Area Values, however. During the EDSCLS pilot, users submitted their data which allowed additional reporting of Mean Topic Area Values. Since users will not be submitting their data, the EDSCLS reports cannot include Mean Topic Area Values.

Introduction to ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) New Benchmarked Scale Scores

This webinar covered: benefits of the new benchmarked scale scores, an overview of the three benchmark levels, changes to the scale score reporting and an explanation of the implications, and options for converting “legacy” scale scores to new benchmarked scale scores.

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Interpreting the EDSCLS Data

Within the School Climate Improvement Resource Package, NCSSLE has developed a set of School Climate Data Interpretation Resources that are designed to help EDSCLS using and non-EDSCLS using states, districts and schools interpret school climate data.  

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  1. EDSCLS School Climate Data Analysis Worksheet (PDF)

This tool provides key questions schools administering the ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) can utilize to guide analysis of their data. This tool can also be used to create documents describing the findings of the data that can be shared with stakeholders.

  1. Data Interpretation Guide on Making School Climate Improvement (PDF)

This document contains detailed information and resources to help you interpret and use results from your school climate surveys. Measuring and understanding how students, staff, and parents/guardians perceive the climate in their schools are key steps in making wise decisions on how to use resources to focus on areas in need of improvement.

  1. Data Interpretation Topical Discussion Guides

The discussion guides on intrepreting data for 13 school climate topics. Each discussion guide provides a brief description of the topic area, as well as initial and deeper guiding questions that assist in using and interpreting data results for specific school climate topic areas, overall and by multi-tiered systems of support, as applicable.

Engagement Domain Guides

The Engagement domain discussion guides help schools/districts analyze their data to determine the degree to which cultural and linguistic competence is demonstrated and experienced in their school/district, strong relationships with students exist, and students are actively participating in school.

Safety Domain Guides

The Safety domain discussion guides help schools/districts use their data to analyze the degree to which students, instructional and noninstructional staff, and families feel safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and substance use within the school community.

Environmental Domain Guides

The Environment domain discussion guides help schools/districts use their data to analyze the degree to which their school/district has appropriate facilities, well-managed classrooms, available school-based health supports, and a clear, fair disciplinary policy.