Your voice can improve your school 2014-15

  • From Jan. 20 - March 6, 2015, PPS provided an important opportunity for families, staff and students to share their experiences in our schools.

    The Successful Schools Survey focused on school climate – such as whether a school feels welcoming and safe and in what ways teaching and learning is supported. The survey came at the request of the Portland School Board and Superintendent Carole Smith.

    Surveys were filled out anonymously. Overall survey results are being shared with the community and used to shape individual school improvement plans.

    All voices matter

    The survey was also available to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students, PPS staff and PPS families of all students at all grade levels. The survey was available in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.

    The parent/family members survey was administered through our survey partner, Oregon’s Kitchen Table, and the PSU Policy Consensus Center. Survey takers were asked to create a free account on Oregon's Kitchen Table in order to facilitate taking future PPS surveys about our schools. PPS will administer the student and the staff surveys.

    Goal of the survey

    The Successful School Survey is intended to provide PPS administrators, principals and teachers with transparent, comprehensive data that measures the differential experience and perceptions of PPS staff, students and families of all races and backgrounds in our schools.

    This measurable, specific feedback will shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families.

    Areas covered in the survey

    A climate survey covers four areas, according to the National School Climate Center.

    • Safety, Rules & Norms: Including physical safety and social and emotional security.
    • Teaching & Learning: Support for social and civic learning.
    • Interpersonal Relationships: Respect for diversity; social support for students; social support for adults.
    • Institutional Environment: Physical surroundings, school connectedness/engagement.
    "Portland Public Schools will use the survey results to improve school climates so students in every neighborhood will have access to a great school," said Jon Isaacs, PPS Chief of Communications & Public Affairs.

Survey Results 2014-15