Who: Every school team assessing the outcomes of its PBIS implementation on students, families, and staff.
When: At least once a year. If taken twice a year, the first administration should happen in the first 45 days of school; the last should happen in the last 45 days of school.
Why: To understand the overall impact PBIS implementation has had on the way a school feels to its students, families, and staff.
How: Open a new window in PBIS Assessment for each climate survey relevant to your school stakeholders. Send the anonymous link associated with each survey its corresponding stakeholder group.
When you talk about your PBIS implementation, there are two questions to regularly ask:
Taking the Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) informs the first question; taking the School Climate Surveys (SCS) informs the second.
The SCS is a suite of four surveys to measure student, staff, and family perceptions of school climate. Each survey is a brief, valid, and reliable way to ask stakeholders how your school feels to them.
The SCS is also an anonymous, multiple-response survey. That means, once you open the survey windows, you'll get a series of links to send around to the affiliated groups. It should only take them around 10-20 minutes to complete. As responses come in, PBIS Assessment summarizes them into reports addressing each group, providing you with an overall picture of your implementation’s impact on the people learning, teaching, and participating in your school every day.
There are four surveys available to take within the SCS suite. Open a survey window in PBIS Assessment for as many of them as are appropriate for your school:
Schools take the SCS once or twice during the school year. If you take it once, you can easily watch how perceptions change from year-to-year. Taking the SCS twice a year helps you notice the major and minor changes in perceptions from the beginning of the year to the end.
PBIS Assessment takes every climate survey submitted within a given window and summarizes them into the reports your team needs to improve school climate in your building. The reports available for the School Climate Survey vary depending on the survey you take.
The School Climate Survey helps teams gain insight into how school personnel, students, and their families feel when they walk into your building. Use their responses as a starting point to create the kind of place where everyone wants to be.
For more details on taking the SCS, check out these resources.