How do you measure your school climate? The power of the school survey is evident as many schools get a good idea of how they are doing from their student’s perspective by using LifeTrack’s Snapshot Survey. Schools survey their students on a variety of topics ranging from how they feel about their school lunch program and their nutritional habits, do they feel safe in their school environment and are they challenged at what they are learning? Have they been bullied, or is harassment common on the school premises? If so, what type of harassment are they experiencing? Some schools also survey their parents and/or community to get their perspective on school issues.
The Possibilities for Snapshot Surveys are countless. What kind of feedback/data would benefit your school? Consider another way that you can use these helpful surveys by using them as a focus for where to add staff to your school.
Former School Principal at Lycoming Valley Middle School in Williamsport, PA, Bob Eichensehr, found school snapshot surveys could even help him in justifying budgeting for additional staff.
“In my school, I had one guidance counselor for approximately 550 students. For three years in a row, I asked my Superintendent and Board to provide an additional counselor. Each year the additional counselor was cut due to budgetary constraints. Finally, I put the question “Was your guidance counselor available to you?” on our student survey. The students responded overwhelmingly that their counselor was not available to them. The fourth year, I took the results of the student survey to my Superintendent and Board and they found the money to hire additional guidance staff for our school. I truly believe that the additional guidance counselor would have never been approved had it not been for the students’ survey responses.”
Monetary restraints are an issue for all schools and to have direction and perspective from your students can prove to be helpful in making useful budgeting choices for your school.
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