Administration of Survey

Welcome to the 2020-21 DSCS administration support page.

There are three separate surveys:  Student, Teacher/Staff, and Home.  Schools can choose to survey one, two, or three populations.  Whereas the Teacher/Staff and Home surveys are appropriate for all grade levels, the Student survey is for grades 3-12.

Current Year (2020-2021) Delaware School Climate Surveys (DSCS): 

These documents can be used to reference which items are included per survey population.  Note that for these surveys data are collected via the CoVitality app online links.

This link and document can be used to collect survey data since not available via the CoVitality app.

DSCS Directions:

To ensure that the STAFF survey is administered properly, participating schools have been provided with administration directions and tips.

To support administering the ONLINE version of the DSCS to students, please see these detailed instructions which include scripted instructions.

Schools administering the HOME surveys should see these sets of administration directions. Directions are provided for administering both the Online and Paper version of the Home surveys.

We strongly encourage that schools include a signed letter/message with the  parent survey link to explain the purpose and procedures of the survey. Sample letters in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole have been provided for schools to send out to parents informing them of the home survey.

Frequently Asked Questions:


Surveys are available to be used on an annual basis.  Schools are invited to participate annually. The 2021 survey window is April – May. Data summary reports are available upon online survey completion.


Student, Home and Teacher/Staff surveys can only be completed on-line with a computer or mobile device.

Are there additional resources?

Typically, a workshop is held in spring to support schools to understand and interpret their data reports.  Schools are guided through use of the “Steps for Interpreting School Reports.”

See the School Climate Data Workshop – State-wide Data Overview for the 2018-19 workshop presentation.

A published study by Bear, Gaskins, Blank, and Chen (2011) in the Journal of School Psychology provided strong evidence of the construct and concurrent validity and the reliability of the Delaware School Climate Survey-Student.

Bear, G.G., Gaskins, C., Blank, J., & Chen, F.F. (2011). Delaware School Climate – Student: Its Factor Structure, Concurrent Validity, and Reliability. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 157-174

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