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School Climate Survey Enters Pilot Year 2

State seeks more districts to participate

New York state’s focus on ensuring a healthy and positive school environment will take one more step forward.

In 2017-18, approximately 30 districts participated in the survey pilot across New York state. The New York State Education Department would like to increase participation to 100 districts for this year's pilot. The Western New York Regional Information Center will continue to provide services through the pilot phase and going forward as school districts continue to have the need for support.

“The results of the surveys will allow districts to understand the perceptions of those taking the survey, whether it’s students, staff or parents. From there, districts can make data-driven decisions, monitor progress, involve stakeholders and adapt to changing needs,” Elizabeth Freas, Director, Instructional Technology Resources and Professional Development, explained.

Utilizing a web-based survey tool districts can quickly and easily gather data for analysis.  According to research, a positive school climate can improve attendance, achievement, retention and even graduation rates. 

“WNYRIC provided assistance to four school districts in the region in 17-18.  There were a total of 6132 respondents including students, staff and parents,” Rosanne Huffcut, Director, K-12 Education Support Services, reported.

The WNYRIC is available to help interested school districts with survey tools and processes.

“We will gather feedback from schools and districts about future service needs, including the possibility of incorporating survey results into the data reporting already provided through the data warehouse service,” Huffcut added.

For more information on School Climate refer to or  reach out to NYSED Student Support Services at (518) 486-6090 or with questions.

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