I to I
Unique school climate survey
Lots of tools assess school climate. The US Department of Education offers a very good one developed by our colleagues at AIR to assess engagement, safety, and environment. Many others have specific questions about drugs, weapons, alcohol, access to resources, and trust. The I to I Survey is distinct from all other surveys in three ways.
Why it’s unique
- It is the only tool that focuses exclusively on perceptions of bias – racial, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability – as key indicators of school climate
- Students, parents, educators, and non-professional staff all separately and anonymously register their perceptions of exactly the same things
- After they have finished, everyone can see the results of all the groups, and where their answers fit within the answers of their group
The I to I Survey is one component of the Ripple Effects Planning and Assessment Kit.
What it measures
The I to I Survey covers three things:
- How each group sees adult behavior toward diverse groups of students
- How each group sees student behavior toward diverse peers
- How the the person completing the survey feels about different groups
The combined responses provide a window into the sensitive area of perceived equity at school from different points of view. Substantial differences between students and staff, between certified and non-professional staff, or between parents and either group, about how they see specific things, may signal the need for focused intervention in that particular area. A comprehensive resource list provides a wide list of options for schools to choose from in deciding next steps.