School Climate Survey - Equity Implemented Partnership

  • In 2015, ICCSD began a research-practice partnership with the University of Iowa Public Policy Center to help address the disparities in our District and work toward achieving our goal “that all students can achieve at high levels and that equitable classrooms are essential to their success.” To reach this goal, ICCSD administers a Student Climate Survey every year to collect data and monitor improvement. 


      About the Partnership

      • The broad aim of this research partnership was to improve the equitability of school experiences for students in our school district by collaborating with the University to provide research expertise and capacity to conduct data collection and analysis, and to project, implement and design research-based solutions to existing disparities.

        Dr. Sarah Bruch, Director of the Social and Education Research Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, was the principal investigator leading the partnership. Using a research-practice model, this partnership leveraged social science and education policy research and practitioner knowledge to more effectively address persistent problems of policy and practice and improve students’ educational opportunities and outcomes. The partnership provided a structure for long-term collaboration and an avenue to develop a research agenda together so that the questions asked are of direct interest to district decision-makers.

        For more information about the partnership, please see the Equity Implemented Partnership website.

      Partnership Steps

      • (Text from above infographic: "1. Conceptualization- Researchers from the Public Policy Center and the ICCSD Director of Equity determined District needs and strategic direction, with a focus on student experiences and school climate, with flexibility to explore areas of interest and student subgroups. 2. Needs Assessment - Student and teacher surveys are administered each year to assess experiences of school climate. 3. Focus Areas - Survey results are analyzed to identify areas of focus. Focus areas have included dimensions of school climate (specifically, teacher and mentor relationships, inclusive community, and disciplinary environment), and student subgroups, specifically, LGBTQ students. 4. Task Force- A multi-stakeholder task force convenes to discuss strategies to improve student experiences and reduce disparities. The task force ensures that diverse stakeholder perspectives are used in the decision-making process. 5. Implementation- The ICCSD implements equity initiatives across selected schools, in alignment with task force recommendations. Programming includes implicit bias and restorative justice professional development.6. Evaluation- Equity programming initiatives are evaluated using results from surveys given to students, teachers, and professional development participants. Evaluation results are used to improve programming initiatives and inform District decision-making.")

      School Climate Survey FAQ

      • Frequently Asked Questions - ICCSD School Culture and Climate Survey

      • Q: How do students access the survey?

      • Q: Why are students taking this survey?

      • Q: How are survey results used?

      • Q: Why does the survey ask about race, gender identity and sexual orientation?

      • Q: Are these questions age appropriate?

      • Q: How should reactions and questions from students be handled?

      • Q: Why should students participate in the survey?

      • Q: How do we know student responses are valid?

      • Q: What accommodation are provided? (for example, for students in lower grades, students with IEPs in place, and ELL students):

      • Q: Will students in the Online Learning Program participate?

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