Between the dates of October 30 and November 16, Fenwick students will be taking part in a school climate survey, the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI). The survey is being brought to Fenwick as part of a partnership with the National School Climate Center (NSCC). The inventory is designed to assess perceptions of the school environment, including safety, relationships, support for learning and the environment within the school.
Our students will take the survey online during World Language classes. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. (There are no names attached to the survey.) All data will be reported in terms of the way groups of people respond to items.
Your child’s feedback is important because Fenwick wants the voices of all its students to be heard. After NSCC compiles all of the results and conducts a thorough data analysis, Fenwick will receive a report. The findings will be analyzed by the school’s leadership so that we can build on our strengths and address areas needing improvement.
Fenwick High School has chosen to administer this particular school climate survey instrument, the CSCI, because it is a research-based assessment tool developed in accordance with best practice standards in testing and measurement. The CSCI survey was developed by the NSCC over the past six years. However, the dimensions of school climate measured (safety, relationships, teaching and learning, and environment) and the individual survey items are built on decades of research on school climate. As recognized by researchers and educators alike, the way students feel about being in school impacts their learning and development. This is why so many schools now recognize the importance of understanding their students’ subjective experiences of being in school, in other words, the school climate.
If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming survey, please contact our social worker, Nancy Drennan.