• 2016 - 2017 Climate Survey

    School climate is defined as “the physical and psychological aspects of the school that are more susceptible to change and that provide the preconditions necessary for teaching and learning to take place” (Tableman, 2004). A safe, caring, and engaging school climate has been shown to have a positive impact on student learning and achievement, teacher organizational and professional commitment, and parent involvement and school choice. In recognition of the importance of school climate, in 2014-15, the Socorro Independent School District has developed and will administer the second comprehensive School Climate Survey.

    The survey is intended to provide schools with data that reflect components of school climate that support a positive learning and working environment and that promote academic success among all students. The annual climate survey will allow schools to celebrate strengths, monitor changes, and respond to areas of challenge in their efforts to build a positive, safe, and self-renewing culture that maximizes student learning. The Climate Survey will also provide the district with data to help measure progress and maintain accountability on objectives that are outlines within the District Improvement Plan.

    Overview

    What is School Climate?

    School Climate is the learning environment created through the interaction of human relationships, physical setting and psychological atmosphere. (Perkins, 2006)

    Why is school climate important?

    Perceptions about school climate impact teacher morale and student achievement. Positive school climate benefits students, teachers, and staff. Teachers are motivated to teach; students are motivated to learn. (Bulach, 1994)

    In recognition of the importance of school climate, the Socorro Independent School District has developed and will administer the second comprehensive School Climate Surveys. The surveys are intended to provide schools with data that reflect components of school climate that support a positive learning and working environment and that promote academic success among all students. The climate surveys will allow schools to celebrate strengths, monitor changes, and respond to areas of challenge in their efforts to build a positive, safe, and self-renewing culture that maximizes student learning. The Climate Surveys also provide the district with data to help measure progress and maintain accountability on objectives that are outlined in the District Improvement Plan. The survey battery consists of four instruments: (1) Student Climate Survey; (2) Campus Employee Survey; (3) Parent Climate Survey; (3) Department Satisfaction Survey.

    Procedures for Parent, Campus Employees, and Student Climate Surveys:

    Student Climate Survey:

    • Secondary Students – Completed on school computers with all students (9th- 12th grade) between January 30th – February 24th, 2017; Completed on school computers with all students (6th- 8th grade) between January 30th – February 10th, 2017.
    • Elementary School Students – Completed on school computers with all students (3rd - 5th grade) between January 30th – February 10th, 2017.

    Parent Climate Survey:

    • Parents – Surveys will be available online at www.sisd.net from January 30th - February 10th, 2017. Survey will close at 11:59 p.m.
    • Surveys are available to complete at home or at school.

    Campus Employee Climate Survey:

    • SISD Campus Employees – Email to all campus employees on January 30th, 2017. Survey is open until February 10th, 2017 and will close at 11:59 p.m.
    • Surveys are available to complete at home or at school.
    • All campus employees will complete the same survey.

    SISD Climate Survey Project Goals:

    • Goal 1: Provide SISD and schools with data on student, staff, and parent perceptions of school safety, order, engagement, and climate that will help them measure progress and impact on efforts to build a positive and respectful school culture.
    • Goal 2: Provide SISD and school with data on students’ social and emotional competencies to help counselors meet the needs of our students.
    • Goal 3: Provide SISD and schools with data on parent, student, and staff perceptions of home and school relationships, parent satisfaction, support for academics, and response to informational needs of families.
    • Goal 4: Provide SISD and schools with useful resources to help them review climate data and develop strategies and plans to improve school climate based on their data.
    • Goal 5: Provide SISD and schools with data on parent, student, and staff perceptions on safety and order that will serve as a comparison to the Olweus Bullying Prevention survey.

     

    All responses are anonymous and confidential.