From The Federal Register

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; ED School Climate Surveys National Benchmark Study 2017 Partial Cancellation Change Request

“Abstract: The ED School Climate Surveys are a suite of survey instruments being developed for schools, districts, and states by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

This national effort extends current activities that measure school climate, including the state-level efforts of the Safe and Supportive Schools grantees, which were awarded funds in 2010 by the ED’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students to improve school climate.

Through the EDSCLS, schools nationwide will have access to survey instruments and a survey platform that will allow 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, noninstructional school staff and principals, and parents and guardians.

The 2017 national EDSCLS benchmark study data collection from a nationally representative sample of schools across the United States to create a national comparison point for users of EDSCLS was last approved in May 2016 with revisions to scope and timeline approved in July and September 2016. . .

Because, to date the study’s projected overall unweighted participation rate is far below the 50% response rate recommended by NCES Statistical Standards, NCES is requesting to cancel any further recruitment and the EDSCLS National Benchmark Study 2017 as soon as possible.

NCES will still offer to conduct the EDSCLS survey in the schools that opted to participate in a universe sample of all of their school’s eligible respondents.”

With fewer than half the schools surveyed responding, how do the ED School Climate Surveys represent a national sample of schools?

Why wouldn’t the Department of Education cancel the survey altogether and spend those educational dollars effectively educating children?

When we provide every child a developmentally appropriate, experiential education, founded in the Arts, that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming respectful, responsible human beings, the school climate in all schools will be more positive.

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