In the fall of 2016, Littleton Public Schools conducted the Comprehensive School Climate Survey. ‘School climate’ refers to the quality and character of school life, related to norms and values, social interactions and organizational structures, as they are experienced by members of the school community, including students, school personnel and parents. Research confirms that the way students feel about being in school shapes their learning and development. Research also confirms that school personnel are better able to do their jobs in a healthy and supportive school climate. Gathering this school climate data will help LPS to develop effective programs and practices that will contribute to our students’ ability to learn and to their overall mental health.
Students in grades 3-12, school personnel and all LPS parents were encouraged to take the survey. The response rate was fantastic: 87 percent of students grades 3-12, 74 percent of school personnel and 28 percent of parents participated in the survey. Thirteen dimensions of school climate were measured.
Overall, survey results indicated that students, parents and school personnel are pleased with the school culture in LPS. LPS did not rate negatively in any of the 13 dimensions measured.
“The Board of Education and I want to thank our staff members for their continuous efforts to provide a safe, positive learning environment for students. This is a very team-driven process at each school, and school leaders will be meeting with their staffs to review the data to see what is working well and what needs additional attention at the district and individual school levels,” said LPS Superintendent Brian Ewert. “The data tells us we are on the right track in many areas, but there are clear areas for improvement, as well. We look forward to that ongoing work.”
LPS plans to conduct the survey annually for the next three years to collect good baseline data; this was the first time LPS conducted a district-wide survey of this nature. It is important to remember that this survey gathers perception data, which is based on how people feel. Survey results are just one source of information about a school’s climate and the survey is not designed to compare one school to another. It is designed to compare LPS schools against national data.
How do I read the data?
2016 SUMMARY REPORTS
The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) is a nationally-recognized school survey tool developed by the National School Climate Center that assesses perceptions of students, parents, and school personnel regarding school climate and culture. Littleton Public Schools began implementing the CSCI survey in the fall of 2016 for all students in grades 3-12, with corresponding surveys for all parents and school personnel. The survey is anonymous and provides each school or program with valuable information about how students, staff, and parents view the school climate. Results will be shared with each school community and used to help guide school leadership teams. The survey is not designed to compare schools against each other and is not a venue for complaints about a specific staff person. Please contact the school principal or administrator with individual questions regarding the survey.
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