EDSCLS Online User Guide

Welcome to the Online Technical and Administration User Guide for the ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS User Guide). The EDSCLS User Guide is designed for EDSCLS users and those are interested in learning more about the EDSCLS. From this page, you can navigate through the major sections of the EDSCLS User Guide. Within the Online EDSCLS User Guide, you can navigate between sections using the menu on the right side of each page. You are welcome to view the PDF of the EDSCLS User Guide as well.

If you have any questions about the EDSCLS, feel free to call the EDSCLS Help Desk at 866-730-6735 between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Time or email EDSCLS@air.org any time for assistance in:

  • navigating the installation, administration, and reporting instructions in the User Guide,
  • using the survey administrator dashboard before, during, or after your survey administration, 
  • asking general survey administration support questions, and 

We have staff standing by.


  1. Introduction
  2. Technical Guide
    1. System Setup in Virtual Environment (for IT Staff)
      1. Installation and Configuration
      2. Troubleshooting
        1. Delete the data collection in question from the system (see 2.2.4 Data Collection)
      3. Database Access
      4. Virtual Machine Back-up
      5. Security Patches and Upgrades
    2. EDSCLS Administration
      1. EDSCLS Administrator Dashboard
      2. Authentication
      3. Education Agency
      4. Data Collection
      5. Informed Consent
      6. Add Survey Items
      7. Hide Survey Items
      8. Respondent Usernames Generation
      9. Respondent Usernames Dissemination
      10. Report
        1. Survey Status Reports
        2. Survey Results Reports
      11. Exporting and Importing Respondent-Level Survey Results
  3. Administration Guide: Recommended Practices
    1. Preparing for the Survey Administration
    2. Setting Dates for the Survey Administration Window
    3. Dissemination of Survey Usernames
    4. Test Runs Prior to Administration Window
    5. During the Survey Administration Window
    6. After the Data Collection Window Closes
  4. Instruction for in School Administration of the Student Survey
  5. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  6. Understanding the EDSCLS Scales


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