School Climate Measurement

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School climate measurement involves a comprehensive assessment of student engagement, school safety, and the learning environment.

The measurement of school climate provides educators with the necessary data to identify school needs, set goals, and track progress toward improvement.


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Examines access to effective teachers, factors related to teacher turnover, and the role of turnover in the equitable distribution of effective teachers in the School District of Philadelphia. The study examined teachers who taught kindergarten through grade 12 in school years 2010/11 through 2016/17.

Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic
The Condition of Education 2019 landing page.

Presents 48 indicators on topics ranging from prekindergarten through postsecondary education, as well as labor force outcomes and international comparisons. Also included in the report are 2 Spotlight indicators that provide more in-depth analyses on selected topics.

McFarland, J., Hussar, B., Zhang, J., Wang, X., Wang, K., Hein, S., Diliberti, M., Forrest Cataldi, E., Bullock Mann, F., and Barmer, A.
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In “Development of a School Survey and Index as a School Performance Measure in Maryland: A REL–MSDE Research Partnership,” Tim Kautz, Charles Tilley, Christine Ross, and Natalie Larkin detail Maryland’s development and validation of a school climate survey and the process for developing an overall index of climate for each school.

Tim Kautz, Charles Tilley, Christine Ross, and Natalie Larkin
Group of students sitting in front of a school.

Provides researchers, prevention specialists, and health educators with tools to measure a range of bullying experiences. Includes bully, victim, bully and victim, and bystander scales.

Student holding a book.

Reviews the characteristics of 21 instruments that measure student engagement in upper elementary through high school; summarizes what each instrument measures, describes its purposes and uses, and provides technical information on its psychometric properties.

Books on top of one another.

Provides lists of school climate surveys and scales, for grades pre-k through postsecondary school, educators can use to assess their learning environment. All surveys and scales in the compendium have been tested for validity and reliability.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environment
Pencil checking off a EDSCLS box.

Provides surveys for middle and high school students, their parents, teachers, instructional staff, non-instructional staff and administrators on a web-based platform. The surveys can be downloaded free of charge and provide user-friendly school climate reports back to users. Local education agencies administering the survey will be able to store the data locally on their own data systems.

U.S Department of Education
Cover page image of Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements

Provides district and school leaders, teachers, school staff, and other members of the school community with the basics on how to initiate, implement, and sustain school climate improvements. Specifically, it explains how making school climate improvements involves 5 sets of activities-- planning; engaging stakeholders; collecting, analyzing and reporting school climate data; identifying and implementing interventions; and monitoring and evaluation.

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Title slide of first webinar presentation of the School Climate Survey Webinar Series

Provides archived webinar materials from the School Climate Survey Webinar Series that addressed a range of school climate survey topics, including developing or identifying a survey, managing survey administration, and using survey data.

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