2015 Campus Climate Surveys
SISD climate survey results show safe schools, positive culture, and high morale
A safe, caring, and engaging school culture has been linked to having a positive impact on student learning and achievement, teacher morale, and parent involvement. In recognition of the importance of receiving input from all stakeholders on school climate, the Socorro ISD launched its second comprehensive Campus Climate Survey in early 2015.
“I strongly believe that providing all our stakeholders with a voice is the only way we can become the best school district in the nation. We take their feedback on our areas of strength and our areas in need of improvement into consideration and develop action plans accordingly,” said Dr. José Espinoza, SISD Superintendent of Schools. “I’m inspired by the tremendous participation in our 2015 Campus Climate Survey, which demonstrates Team SISD’s high level of engagement in our district and interest in the success of our children.”
Four Campus Climate Surveys, which included parent, employee, elementary student (grades 3-5), and secondary student (grades 6-12) questionnaires, were completed in January and February 2015. The surveys were administered through SurveyMonkey and were available in English and Spanish. In all, more than 39,500 individuals participated by completing a survey.
- Elementary Students – 8,548
- Secondary Students – 20,786
- Parents – 6,723
- Campus Employees – 3,456
Overall, the survey results demonstrate SISD stakeholders’ pride in their school district and belief that Team SISD is focused on ensuring high student achievement in safe learning environments. Eighty-five percent of all responses were positive (strongly agree or agree), which combined improved by 14 percent from 2013.
2015 District Summary of Responses
- 42% surveyed "Strongly Agree"
- 43% surveyed "Agree"
- 9% surveyed "Disagree"
- 3% surveyed "Strongly Disagree"
- 2% surveyed "N/A"
2013 District Summary of Responses
- 32% surveyed "Strongly Agree"
- 39% surveyed "Agree"
- 6% surveyed "Disagree"
- 3% surveyed "Strongly Disagree"
- 20% surveyed "Neutral"
Collectively, there was an increase of 53 percentage points in positive responses regarding school safety. Ninety-five percent of elementary students (86 percent in 2013), 90 percent of secondary students (70 percent in 2013), and 94 percent of campus employees (79 percent in 2013) responded that they feel safe at school. Ninety-three percent of parents (84 percent in 2013) responded that they believe their child feels safe in and around their school.
Ninety-five percent of elementary (87 percent in 2013) and 84 percent of secondary students (64 percent in 2013) believe that they attend a good school. Twenty-three percent more students answered that they believe their teachers care about them than in 2013; 97 percent of elementary (92 percent in 2013) and 80 percent of secondary students (62 percent in 2013). Ninety-six percent of elementary and 94 percent of secondary students answered that their teachers/schools have high expectations of students, which increased by 19 percentage points combined from 2013.
Ninety-two percent of parents agreed that teachers/schools have high expectations of students (83 percent in 2013); 91 percent of parents stated that they like their child’s school (83 percent in 2013); 89 percent said they are satisfied with their child’s academic progress (83 percent in 2013); and 93 percent stated that they believe their child likes his/her school (86 percent in 2013). Eighty-nine percent of parents responded that they work as a team with teachers to educate their children (81 percent in 2013). Ninety-two percent of parents believe that their child feels like he/she belongs at their school (86 percent in 2013).
Campus Employee Responses
The number of employees that believe the climate or atmosphere at their school is positive and helps students learn increased by 17 percent (85 percent in 2015 compared with 68 percent in 2013). Eighty-six percent of employees believe that staff members work as a team and that their school promotes trust and collegiality (69 percent in 2013); and 91 percent believe that their campus administrators treat them with respect (80 percent in 2013).
"II wholeheartedly thank everyone in Team SISD who shared their feedback on the current state of our district as well as ideas on how to move our district forward,” Espinoza added. “The data derived from these surveys is invaluable in tracking our progress and directing our district’s efforts. While I am very proud of the overwhelmingly positive responses, which show that Team SISD truly is ‘Achieving Success as a Team,’ much work still remains to be done to ensure we meet the needs of ALL our students, parents, and staff.”
The survey data will be used, together with qualitative data gathered through other community engagement efforts, to assess the current state of the district and adapt district and campus plans to meet the needs of Team SISD. Individual campus leadership teams are reviewing their specific results to develop a Campus Action Plan listing strengths and areas for growth identified from the survey results as well as specific strategies on how to maintain or improve the school’s culture. The action items also will be incorporated in each school’s Campus Improvement Plan. Campus Action Plans will be posted online on June 2015.