Author Archives: Jack McDermott

measuring school climate

When Measuring School Climate, Context Is Key

As states finalize new school accountability plans under ESSA, measures of school climate have received increasing attention. Many states have included school climate as a “non-academic” indicator of school quality in their recently drafted plans. Meanwhile, groups of educators and students in states from California to Massachusetts have advocated for better approaches to measuring school climate.

While the benefits of a positive school climate have been known for decades–increases in students’ academic achievement, fewer disciplinary incidents, and even improved teacher retention–less is known about the implications of measuring and reporting on school climate in the years ahead.

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How Do You Define a “Peer” School?

Last year, we introduced Panorama’s Benchmarks to add greater context to your perception data. Today, we’re excited to launch a key addition to this feature: Peer Benchmarks.

With Peer Benchmarks, you can interact with our national dataset to make relevant comparisons that reflect your school’s context. By selecting from several school-level characteristics, such as urban middle schools with high percentage of students receiving free and reduced priced lunch, the benchmarks distribution graph will instantly adjust to display survey results from schools that reflect these criteria.

As this feature has been several months in the making, we wanted to share our lessons learned from the analytics and design process that created Peer Benchmarks.

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Are We Thinking About Growth Mindset Too Narrowly?

An analysis of a nationwide measure of 23,000 students’ perceptions of growth mindset shows meaningful differences in what students believe they can change and a gender gap.

Last school year, David Andrews, a social studies teacher at Piedmont Hills High School (Calif.), noticed something in his students that puzzled him.

As a teacher of 6 years, Andrews had read the research by Stanford Professor Carol Dweck and others that showed the impact of having a growth mindset on students’ learning and academic achievement. Andrews promoted this belief that people can work deliberately to change their most basic abilities — namely their intelligence.

“Students are so varied when it comes to their mindsets,” Andrews said. “I’m still working to crack the enigma of how to support all my students’ beliefs about themselves.” He would overhear students saying they were good at social studies, but would never be good at math. Other students would say they could always work harder to do better in class, while some felt they just weren’t that talented.

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Introducing Benchmarks for Panorama Surveys

Over the last two years, more than 450,000 students, family members, and teachers have used Panorama surveys to provide feedback on their experiences in classrooms and schools. Today, we’re excited to announce Benchmarks, a new analytics tool available in our reports.

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4 Ways to Use Panorama

Over the past three years, more than 6,500 schools have used Panorama for surveys and data analysis. We’ve gathered a number of best practices from our partner districts, networks, and schools about how they are collecting and analyzing feedback data from their stakeholders.

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An In-Depth Look at Student Perception Surveys

A student perception survey represents a powerful source of feedback for educators and administrators. As student surveys play a greater role in classrooms, schools, and districts, it’s integral to understand the ways that survey instruments can (but don’t always) reflect nuanced differences in student perceptions.

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