School Climate Survey Compendium

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The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) maintains a compendium of valid and reliable surveys, assessments, and scales of school climate that can assist educators in their efforts to identify and assess their conditions for learning.

The intent of this compendium is to share student, faculty and staff, family, administrator, and community surveys in elementary, middle and high school. The surveys can be used in whole or in part; that is, whole surveys or individual scales can be administered to target respondents. All scales in the compendium have been tested for validity and reliability. 

In addition, as states, districts and schools explore how to administer school climate surveys during the 2020-21 school year, NCSSLE has added a school climate 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 in response to COVID-19.

K-12 School Climate Surveys


Federal Surveys with School Climate Related Items


School Climate Survey Item Bank

For more information on why and how to measure school climate, visit our School Climate Measurement page. For assistance with school climate surveys, email  or call 1-800-258-8413.

NOTE: The U.S. Department of Education does not endorse any particular scale, survey, or item presented in this compendium. In addition, the database presented is not an exhaustive list of available measures or survey instruments. Click here if you would like to nominate a survey that is not currently included in the compendium.



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