Student Surveys: A Fresh Look
Using lessons learned from earlier launches, SREB takes a fresh look at student surveys — effective uses, educator resistance, and ideas for states, districts and schools interested in implementing them.
DEVELOP IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES
State education agency leaders may feel uncomfortable adopting or endorsing a specific survey platform. Nevertheless, states should develop guidebooks on the planning and implementation of student surveys to help districts and administrators effectively select and use the platforms they choose.
SHARE CONCRETE RESOURCES
States should share ideas, procedures and templates with principals, instructional coaches and teachers to help build comfort with and understanding of student feedback reports and applications for school culture and individual professional growth.
SPOTLIGHT ON COLORADO
The Colorado Education Initiative developed numerous concrete resources and bundled them into toolkits for researchers, teachers, instructional coaches, school administrators and district leaders. Examples of concrete resources they shared include:
- a guide to using results to improve school culture
- a guide to conducting coaching conversations about survey results
- a teacher self-reflection form
- correlated instructional strategy guides for grades 3-5 and 6-12
- Check out our district guide, Student Surveys: A Fresh Look. It highlights four fresh ways for districts to implement student surveys and includes suggestions for districts to be proactive about preventing and responding to different forms of resistance that may arise.
SCHOOLS AND STUDENT SURVEYS
Teachers have opportunities to use student survey results to inform their daily actions.
- Revise lesson plans, instructional techniques and assessments, based on student feedback data.
- Analyze school-level trends apparent in survey results by creating customized action committees.
School administrators have opportunities to use information contained in student survey reports to enhance their leadership practices.
- Offer professional learning opportunities to guide teachers through analysis and application of survey reports.
- Match teachers with complementary strengths and weaknesses to form building-wide mentoring networks.
- Recognize individual teachers that rate highly or show improvement on key indicators.
Have you seen or experienced the use of student surveys in a school? Tell us how!
- Questions: What do you still need to know about the design and implementation of student surveys for teachers’ professional growth? Ask us a question.
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