The MNPS Department of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation routinely conducts surveys of students, staff, and families to capture their perspectives on important topics aligned to our Strategic Framework, such as school climate and family engagement. Below are synopses of our three surveys: the School Climate Survey, Family Engagement Survey, and Neighborhood and Wellbeing Survey.
school climate survey
To measure the District’s progress on establishing positive school climate and culture at all schools, we rely on feedback from Our Students and Our People. MNPS measures student and faculty perspectives on four dimensions of school climate:
1. Safety and Trusting Relationships
A great school creates a safe and positive school climate by building trusting relationships between adults and students.
2. High Expectations
A great school holds all students and staff to high expectations.
3. Civility and Equity
A great school models principles of civility and equity as a tool for developing productive citizens.
4. Student-Centered Classrooms
A great school creates classroom environments where teachers are mentors who provide instruction based on students' individual strength, needs, and interests.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, all students (grades 3-12 only), teachers, and school-based staff are invited to share their perspectives through a brief School Climate Survey in the fall and spring of each school year. The surveys are administered online by our survey partner, Panorama Education. Answers are anonymous to all MNPS personnel.
Students told us that the District’s areas of strength are high academic expectations (77% favorable) and positive student-teacher relationships (67% favorable). Opportunities for growth are in classroom management (40% favorable) and school engagement (43% favorable).
Teachers are confident in their teaching abilities overall (76% favorable) and in teaching diverse student bodies specifically (79% favorable). Teachers are less satisfied with school resources (39% favorable) and feedback and coaching (48% favorable).
Parents or guardians wishing to opt their child out of participating in the 2018-19 anonymous School Climate Surveys should fill out the “MNPS Survey Opt-Out Information and Passive Consent Form” in the Student-Parent Handbook and return it to their child’s school. A copy of the most recent student survey is available to view below.
School Climate Survey FAQs: FAQs
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SURVEY
In the spring of 2018, MNPS piloted a new Family Engagement Survey to collect parent and guardian feedback on five dimensions of Family Engagement:
1. Ongoing Communication
2. Welcoming School Culture
3. Trusting Relationships
4. Academic Partnering
5. Family Advocacy and Leadership
The Family Engagement Survey is administered online by our survey partner, Panorama Education. All responses are anonymous to all MNPS personnel. This survey will continue to be conducted annually to gather input from MNPS families and monitor the progress of the District’s family engagement efforts. Learn more about the Family Engagement Survey.
NEIGHBORHOOD AND WELLBEING SURVEY
In the 2018-19 school year, MNPS is launching a new student survey. The purpose of the neighborhood and wellbeing survey is to learn more about students’ experiences outside of school in order to support student wellbeing. The survey will ask students (grades 3-12 only) about their experiences in their neighborhood, with friends, and their own social and emotional development.
Parents or guardians wishing to opt their child out of participating in the confidential Neighborhood and Wellbeing Survey should fill out the “MNPS Survey Opt-Out Information and Passive Consent Form” in the Student-Parent Handbook and return it to their child’s school. A copy of the survey will be made available on this webpage prior to survey administration.