• 2019 Climate Survey Info for Employees

    Our school district values open and honest feedback regarding the climate and environment at each of our schools and work sites. We want to know what you think and how you feel about your school or work site. This is an anonymous survey and all responses are confidential. Your responses will be combined with those of other teachers and staff in a summary report. Findings from the survey will be shared at your school or work place and used to assist in setting school, department, and district priorities. Your input is very important.

    A link to the survey will be sent to all Instructional and Classified staff on the first day of the survey window via email. Please contact Integrated Instructional Services at ext. 32250 for information about the survey.

    Climate Survey FAQs

    1. What is the Climate Survey?
    2. Who created this survey?
    3. Who takes the survey?
    4. When is the survey given?
    5. How is the survey taken?
    6. Is participation required?
    7. How long does it take to complete the survey?
    8. Can the survey be taken more than one time?
    9. I work at two different schools, which survey should I take?
    10. What kinds of questions are on the survey?
    11. Is there a right or wrong answer?
    12. What does the term “school administration” or “work site administration” refer to?
    13. Do I have to answer all the survey questions?
    14. Are responses anonymous and confidential? How will my privacy be ensured?
    15. Will my supervisor or principal see my answers?
    16. Who scores the surveys?
    17. How are the survey results reported?
    18. When will the results be available?
    19. Will the results be used to evaluate my school/work site?
    20. Will the results be used to evaluate my principal or supervisor?
    21. Is data obtained from surveys valid?
    22. How will the Climate Survey results be used?


     

    1. What is the Climate Survey?

    • The purpose of the Climate Survey is to measure how teachers and staff feel and what they believe about the climate and environment at their school or work place.
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    2. Who created this survey?

    • The Climate Survey and the program administration was designed by a work group consisting of school-based teachers, principals, district administrators, SC/TA and SCAEOP representatives.
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    3. Who takes the survey?

    • All school-based and district-based instructional and classified employees have the opportunity to participate in the Climate Survey. In addition to staff, parents and secondary students take the School Climate Survey.

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    4. When is the survey given?

    • The 2019 Climate Survey will be administered March 26 - April 9, 2019.
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    5. How is the survey taken?

    • The survey is administered online.
    • Employees will be sent a link to the survey via district e-mail. The new system uses a mail distribution process that generates unique individualized links and randomly merges them with the district e-mail address list. This process is similar to creating a large number of unique passwords that are randomly distributed (passed-out) to persons. The links are not associated with the responses to the survey.
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    6. Is participation required?

    • No, participation is voluntary and optional. However, we strongly encourage everyone to take this opportunity to provide feedback.

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    7. How long does it take to complete the survey?

    • The survey is brief and should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

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    8. Can the survey be taken more than one time?

    • Every staff member will have one opportunity to take the survey.

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    9. I work at two different schools, which survey should I take?

    • Respond to the survey questions in reference to your cost center (your payroll cost center), regardless of where you are assigned to work.
    • For example, food service staff who work at a school should respond to questions about the district department of Food and Nutrition Services. School Psychologists who are assigned to several schools will take the survey for Pupil Support Services.

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    10. What kinds of questions are on the survey?

    • Survey “questions” are presented as statements with response options on a 5-point scale from strongly agree to strongly disagree. Questions deal with topics such as employee satisfaction, shared values, maximizing student learning, the quality of the work place, support and resources, and health and safety.
    • Respondents are asked to identify their school or work location and whether they are in an instructional or classified position.

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    11. Is there a right or wrong answer?

    • There is no right or wrong answer. Responses represent the individual’s opinions, perceptions, beliefs and feelings.

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    12. What does the term “school administration” or “work site administration” refer to?

    • The term is intended to represent the administration as a whole, symbolizing the leadership climate of the school, regardless of whether the school/work site has one, two, or three administrators. Consider the following: Is there a sense of shared values and professional collaboration? Is the administration in tune with (each other, if applicable), with the school’s staff and students. Does one get the sense that the school or department as a whole has a collective vision and a strong focus on student achievement or on the delivery of services?

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    13. Do I have to answer all the survey questions?

    • Answering every question will help us to collect the same information for all staff. An option for “Don’t know or does not apply” is available.
    • There are two questions that do require a response in order to tabulate the data and prepare the school/department reports: the question which asks you to select your school/work location and, the question that asks if your position is instructional or classified.

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    14. Are responses anonymous and confidential? How will my privacy be ensured?

    • Responses are anonymous and confidential. There is no personal identifying information on the survey. There is no way to “track” or associate survey responses with any one individual.
    • Individual responses are not reported. Responses will be combined with those of all other employees and summarized in reports. To ensure privacy, a school or department summary report will not be generated if fewer than four people took the survey.

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    15. Will my supervisor or principal see my answers?

    • No, not your individual answers. Your responses to the statements (agree/disagree) will be tallied and combined with all the others and shown as total counts and percentages.

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    16. Who scores the surveys?

    • The district’s Integrated Instructional Services Office uses a software survey program (Qualtrics) to analyze the data collected from the surveys and generate the summary reports. Survey responses do not have any personal identifiable information.
    • Only staff that is authorized to process data, such as student test scores and survey responses, will have access to the raw data.

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    17. How are the survey results reported?

    • Survey results are summarized and reported for each school, by school levels (elementary, middle, and high), by department and overall for the district.
    • The number and percent of persons who agreed or disagreed with each statement is provided. Averages for each question are also included in the summary reports.

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    18. When will the results be available?

    • The 2019 Climate Survey results are expected to be available by late April.
    • School and work site summary reports will be sent to all schools and will also be available on the district web site.

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    19. Will the results be used to evaluate my school/work site?

    • No, the purpose of the survey is to collect information about how employees feel about their work place. The Climate Survey is not an evaluation tool.
    • School performance is evaluated annually by the district and by the state. The School Advisory Council (SAC) monitors and evaluates the school’s success in attaining the goals in the annual School Improvement Plan. Florida schools are graded based on student performance on achievement tests, graduation rates, and other information.
    • District departments are evaluated based on the department strategic plan targets, the level and quality of service provided, efficiency, project delivery, and other indicators.

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    20. Will the results be used to evaluate my principal or supervisor?

    • No. The Climate Survey is not an evaluation tool. It was not designed to be a performance appraisal tool.
    • The direct supervisors of school principals, assistant principals, directors, supervisors and other management personnel evaluate their job performance annually.

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    21. Is data obtained from surveys valid?

    • The validity of the results depends on the purpose of the instrument. In this case, the purpose of the survey instrument is to measure or assess a “snapshot” of perceptions, beliefs and feelings. The Climate Survey does just that.
    • As with any other data, don’t jump to conclusions! Before interpreting the survey results, school and work site administration should share the results with staff, take time to digest the information, consider factors such as response rates, and reflect on the findings. This will facilitate meaningful group discussions that lead to sound decision-making based on the survey data.

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    22. How will the Climate Survey results be used?

    • The Climate Surveys are important sources of information about the perceptions of the school and work environment. The survey results will be used to identify staff, parent, and student concerns as well as identify the school’s and work site’s strengths. These findings can be used to monitor continuous improvement efforts and inform school improvement goals.
    • Sharing and reviewing the results of the survey should lead to discussions about possible implications for the findings. In what areas is there already agreement about what’s working well? If there is consensus about an area that needs improvement, then discuss ideas on how to respond to the identified need, problem solve to identify strategies and collaborate to develop an action plan.
    • Decide how progress or improvement will be determined. Is there a need to gather additional feedback from staff by conducting a follow-up internal survey or is there another other way to solicit additional feedback.

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