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    Portland Public Schools’ push to use data to make informed decisions about school climate and culture will take a major step in the coming weeks with the start of the Successful Schools Survey.

    Three segments of the PPS community will take part in the anonymous survey. Students will participate from Feb. 4-22, families Feb. 4-March 1, and school-based staff Feb. 19-March 8. Survey topics will include school climate, school safety and barriers to engagement.

    “We need student, family and staff voice as we become a school system informed by data,” said Yvonne Curtis, Deputy Superintendent, Instruction and School Communities. “The results will provide a baseline that will enable us to measure improvement in our second year of implementing the Successful Schools Survey.”

    The student portion will survey three grades: fifth-graders, seventh-graders and high school sophomores. It is intended to provide insight from elementary, middle and high school students.

    Every parent and guardian in the district will be invited to take the survey, which will be available to families in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. All school-based staff also will surveyed.

    PPS has engaged a new partner in this effort, Panorama Education, a nationally-recognized company that offers researched-based surveys. Panorama’s platform allows a two-week turnaround for reporting, an easy-to-access dashboard, and the ability to compare results not only within the district, but also against districts around the country.



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