Student Surveys: Evaluate and Elevate Your School’s Tiers of Support

Student voice is already there. It’s not something we give. It’s something we honor. And we do when we listen.

– Monte Syrie, Teacher


This activity should be completed collaboratively with your leadership/ILT team(s).

1. Watch this 3-minute clip from the Crowdsource Webinar, MTSS and the Inflexion Approach

2. Reflect on the examples in the video

  • What do you notice about the development of these different student surveys?
  • How are they similar and/or different from the student surveys currently employed at your school?
  • Could any of your students benefit from these examples of student surveys? If so: who? how? why?

3. Reflect on your school’s approach to administering student surveys and implementing the results as supports for students

  • What student surveys are currently administered at your school?
    • If any: reflect on and evaluate them.
      • What do they assess?
      • Who are they serving?
      • Are they effective?
      • Could they be elevated?
      • How do you know?
      • Are students a part of the development and evaluation processes for these surveys?
      • Are they connected to what’s most important for your students and their ability to learn and thrive?
        • Students’ sense of belonging, connection, support, etc.
        • Maxims
        • Learner profile
        • Student outcomes
    • If none: reflect on why none are administered.
      • Have there been any in the past?
      • If so, what happened to them?
      • What are the main obstacles to providing student surveys?
      • How can these obstacles be overcome?
  • Brainstorm new or elevated ways to collect data on the student experience for your school:
    • Which student groups need to be heard but aren’t?
    • Ensure any language or learning barriers to completing the survey are considered beforehand. Provide supports so all students can make their voices heard clearly and equitably
    • Begin planning the development of one new/updated meaningful student survey in the coming school year
      • Be sure to also plan for how the survey results will be communicated, and most importantly, implemented

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