Teacher Survey Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are Learning Environment Surveys? Over the next few weeks, the district will be surveying students, parents, teachers and staff to gather feedback on how each of these groups feels about the learning environment in their school. The survey will ask questions about a) academic expectations, b) collaboration (working together), c) communication, d) engagement and e) safety and respect. There will be a different survey for students, parents and teachers – but all will focus on the same five areas.
2. Who takes the Teacher Survey? All members of the teachers bargaining unit Local #933 of New Haven Public Schools.
3. What will the survey results be used for? The survey results will be used by each school to improve their operations as part of their school improvement plans. Results will also be used as a major factor in determining the school climate/student engagement component of the Annual School Progress Reports the district will use to tier the schools.
4. Will I be able to see the results of the survey? Yes. Once the results are collected and analyzed, the results will be posted on the New Haven Public Schools website at www.nhps.net
5. How did you decide what questions to ask? The surveys were designed by the Survey Committee which was formed as part of the historic teacher’s contract the district and the teacher’s union agreed upon last fall. The Survey Committee comprised of administrators, teachers, staff, and parents has worked hard to craft these surveys based on both national models and local experience and needs. The results of the surveys are an important part of our overall effort to understand and improve our schools and will be a component of our annual School Progress Reports.
6. If a teacher works in more than one New Haven Public School, will they fill out multiple surveys? Yes. Teachers should complete the survey for any school in which they work.
7. How will teachers get the survey? The survey will be available online from Febuary 6th to March 30th for teachers to complete. Union stewards will distribute the randomly assigned, unique access codes which are necessary to complete the survey.
8. Can teachers complete the survey from home? Yes. Teachers can visit www.nhps.net to link to the survey or www.comet4children.com . However, in order to complete the survey online, teachers must use the unique and anonymous access code they receive from the union stewards.
9. Will the District be able to track what individual teachers say on their surveys? No. The surveys are completely anonymous. The access codes were generated by a third party survey company. That company will compile the results and report back to the district.
10. How long do teachers have to respond to the survey? All surveys must be completed online by March 30th, 2012.
11. What if a teacher loses or never receives an access code? There are extra access codes available for teachers available through the union. Please contact your union executive board for the replacement access code.