U.S. Department of Education School Climate Survey (EDSCLS)

Constructs

Students - Engagement (cultural and linguistic competence, relationships, school participation); Safety (emotional safety, physical safety, bullying/cyberbullying, substance abuse); Environment (physical environment, instructional environment, mental health, discipline)

Staff - Engagement (cultural and linguistic competence, relationships, school participation); Safety (emotional safety, physical safety, bullying/cyberbullying, substance abuse); Environment (physical environment, instructional environment, physical health, mental health, discipline)

Parents - The EDSCLS parent survey includes items about Engagement (cultural and linguistic competence, relationships, school participation); Safety (emotional safety, physical safety, bullying/cyberbullying, substance abuse, emergency readiness/management); and Environment (physical environment, instructional environment, physical health, mental health, discipline). However, because of the brevity of the parent survey, the data for these items did not form scales.
Respondents
Students; Instructional and noninstructional staff (including principals); Parents and guardians
Grade Level
5-12
Reports
Survey Instruments

The survey platform is free and publicly available at https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/edscls/administration. These surveys are appropriate for any school with grades 5-12.

Please note:

  • Emergency Management/Readiness items are included in the student and staff surveys, but were not designed to form a scale.
  • Physical Health items are included, but the data did not form a scale for the student survey. Thus, physical health items should be examined at only the item level for students (i.e., analysis of individual survey questions).
  • Because of the brevity of the parent survey, the data did not form scales. Thus, parent data should be examined at only the item level (i.e., analysis of individual survey questions).
Survey Data
Non-federal