District and school leaders across the country are developing and implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) and using Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) to identify student needs and measure progress. Social-emotional learning is the process through which students develop the mindsets, skills, and attitudes that enable them to succeed in school and in life. Panorama for SEL helps districts measure students’ social-emotional development using student perception surveys and/or teacher perception of student surveys.
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.
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.