Posted: Fri, 04/01/2016 - 8:58am

The U.S. Department of Education provides climate surveys and a quick guide on making school climate improvements to help foster and sustain safe and supportive environments that are conducive to learning for all students.

The ED School Climate Surveys (surveys) and the Quick Guide on Making School Climate Improvementsenable states, local school districts, and individual schools to collect and act on reliable, nationally-validated school climate data in real-time. These free and adaptable resources enable educators, administrators, and school system leaders to understand and create environments where every child can be successful.

The school climate surveys, which are on a web-based platform, are designed for middle and high school students, instructional staff, non-instructional staff, and parents and guardians. Moreover, the platform can process real-time data and provide user-friendly reports. Education agencies and schools administering the survey can store school climate survey data on their state, local, or school-based data systems. The federal government is planning to conduct a sample-based study using the surveys for benchmarking but will not collect or store data generated by the schools using the surveys for any other purposes.