Using School Climate Data

2022 School Climate Data Materials

Survey results should be used for program evaluation and development. The surveys provide useful information for needs assessment, indicating if a school needs to devote greater attention to important areas of school climate, such as teacher-student relations, student relations and safety, clarity of expectations, fairness of rules, teacher-parent relations, and the use of positive, punitive and social emotional learning techniques. The goal of these materials is to support district and school teams in understanding report structures, guide interpretation of data and lead to strategic action planning.

School Climate Data: Understand-Interpret-Use : The video provided via this Google Drive folder explains the layout of the Delaware School Climate Survey Report, how to interpret your data, and ways to action plan around strengths and concerns that are revealed through this year’s data. We encourage teams to watch prior to or as part of the report review process. Video developed in spring 2020.

Delaware School Survey Foundation Resource: For those newer to the Delaware School Climate Survey process, this powerpoint presentation provides background information on what this survey is measuring, why it is important, and the reliability and validity of the scales.

School Climate Module Series: As teams review data and identify areas for growth, we encourage the use of our School Climate Online Module Series developed to provide information to schools that can lead to improvements in school climate and behavioral outcomes for students. Visit this page to learn more and see instructions on how to access these School Climate modules which can be used as professional development credit.

Steps for Interpreting School Reports

The Interpretation Worksheets provide an outline to follow when interpreting your school’s climate survey data. It guides one through the graphs and tables for each scale/subscale and prompts the identification of strengths and concerns for each survey population. Action plan templates for each population are also available to determine next steps for your school based on this year’s data.

If new to the data review process, please see the School Climate Data: Understand-Interpret-Use video for guidance on how to use the Interpretation Worksheets.