The EDSCLS national benchmark study questionnaires designed for students, instructional staff, and non-instructional staff/principal cover 3 domains and 13 topics. The ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) are a suite of survey instruments that were developed for schools, districts, and states by NCES. This NCES effort extends activities to measure and support school climate by ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS). Through the EDSCLS, schools nationwide have access to survey instruments and a survey platform that allows for the collection and reporting of school climate data across stakeholders at the local level. The surveys can be used to produce school-, district-, and state-level scores on various indicators of school climate from the perspectives of students, teachers, non-instructional school staff, principals, and parents/guardians. NCES has also developed psychometric benchmarks to enable meaningful comparisons between student subgroups, and between schools.
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Ye, C., & Wang, Y. (2017). ED School Climate Surveys (EDSCLS) Psychometric Benchmarking Technical Report. U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/sites/default/files/EDSCLS_Psychometric_Benchmarking_Technical_Report.pdf
Ryberg, R. et al. (2020). Measuring school climate: Validating the Education Department School Climate Survey in a sample of urban middle and high school students. AREA Open, 6(3), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1177/2332858420948024