On March 31st, the U.S. Department of Education released new school climate surveys and a quick guide on making school climate improvements to sustain safe, supportive, and learning-conducive for all students as path to improved school attendance and high achievement.
The ED School Climate Surveys and the Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvements will enable states, districts, and schools to collect and act on reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real-time.
“All students deserve schools that work to ensure safe and supportive school climates in which they can reach their full potential,” said James Cole Jr., General Counsel, Delegated the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Education. “These new surveys and quick guide will support any school that seeks to make significant improvements in all students’ safety and sense of respect and connectedness at school. We owe it to our children to ensure that school is not only safe and engaging, but that we are also working to continuously improve school climate by using resources like these.”
The new school climate surveys, which are on a web-based platform, are designed for middle and high school students, instructional staff, non-instructional staff, and parents and guardians. Moreover, the platform can process real-time data and provide user-friendly reports. In addition to the Quick Guide, a series of tools will be released later this this spring and summer as part of the School Climate Improvement Resource Package, a web-based suite of action-oriented, research and evidence-based resources to help create and support positive school climates.
These new resources build on two Administration initiatives: President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Taskforce, which recommended that the Department work on the issue of school climates, and his Now is the Time Plan via which the Department announced efforts to place a high priority on helping schools create safer and more nurturing school climates.