School Climate Survey Item Bank

In March 2020, school buildings across the country were closed due to COVID-19. School buildings were not able to reopen and the 2019-20 academic year ended with students learning remotely. Since then, many school buildings have been closed or partially closed during all or part of the 2020-21 school year. As a result, students have been learning virtually full-time, attending school some days and learning virtually the other days, and/or attending school in-person five days a week. The multiple learning environments and COVID-19 generally presents challenges as States, districts and schools think about measuring school climate this year. 

In response, NCSSLE created a survey item bank that offers a list of survey items States, districts, and schools may want to incorporate into their school climate surveys to address the multiple learning environments in which their students, families, teachers, and staff are operating.

Below is a list of school climate survey items for a variety of respondents.  The topics are based on the model which frames the U.S. Department of Education School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS). (Alternatively, a summary file [PDF] of items by respondent type is also available.)