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Insight Student Survey

What are the benefits of administering a student survey?

Schools benefit when student voice helps shape instructional culture. TNTP’s Insight Student Survey elevates students’ perspectives to give leaders a full picture of the classroom experience and help them give all students the educational opportunities they deserve.

The Challenge

In TNTP’s 2018 study The Opportunity Myth, we learned that most students do everything their schools ask of them—yet many don’t get what they need out of school to be ready to pursue their goals after high school. That’s partly because so many decisions are made in administrative offices that are far removed from the daily experiences of students. Understanding and elevating student perspectives can give school systems crucial information about ways they can provide stronger, more equitable school experiences.

Our Approach

TNTP’s Insight Student Survey helps ensure school and system leaders have a full picture of what’s happening in their classrooms based on specific feedback from students. Our survey measures students’ perceptions on the aspects of school culture that make the biggest difference for their own experience and are within schools’ direct control.

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What grade levels can participate?

Students in grades 3-12 can participate in the student survey. There are some items that are specific to students in grades 6-12.

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What types of topics are included on the survey?

Students from grades 3-12 answer questions about key aspects of school culture:

  • School Belonging
  • Trusting Relationships
  • Academic Expectations
  • Academic Support
  • Academic Rigor

Depending on our partners’ needs, we can also add questions about other important topics, such as:

  • Engagement
  • School Environment

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What are the technical requirements to administer an online student survey?

Online student surveys require each student to access an internet-connected device to take the survey. The survey is accessible via any internet connection and will run on any modern web browser. Students may use desktops, laptops, netbooks, Chromebooks, tablets and/or mobile devices to access the survey.

Teachers will be provided with a URL for the survey website as well as a QR code.

Teachers can pre-load the site onto each computer as a bookmark or homepage. They can also share the link or QR code with students electronically by email or text message, or the QR code and be printed and posted or handed out to students for them to easily scan.

Students will enter a unique Student ID code to log into the survey. This code is provided to TNTP prior to the survey and is typically the student ID numbers used by the district.

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What school-based staff are involved in the student survey administration?

In a successful student survey administration, all school staff play a role in making students aware of the survey and encouraging students to complete the survey, from the principal, to teachers, to school office staff.

It is recommended that each school appoint a School Coordinator to oversee project management of the student survey administration and communicate with school-based staff to ensure everyone understands how they can support the survey process.

School Coordinators will oversee the project management of student surveys.

  • Ensure smooth survey administration logistics.
  • Serve as the point of contact for teachers and students during the survey window.
  • Invest teachers and other school-based staff in the value of student surveys and the survey administration process.
  • Implement a school-based student survey administration plan and monitor completion rates to increase levels of participation from students.
  • Manage communications with teachers, other school staff, and students throughout the survey window.

Principals will support the School Coordinators in administering surveys.

  • Invest teachers and students in student surveys by communicating that student survey data collection is a school priority and inspire teachers and other school-based staff to encourage students to participate in the survey.
  • Support the School Coordinator with increasing survey response rates.

Teachers and other school-based staff will proctor the survey and encourage students to complete the student survey by following the administration protocols.

  • Invest students and encourage students to complete the student survey.

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How long will the survey take and when should teachers administer it?

The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.

To ensure that students are not asked to take the survey by more than one teacher, the designated School Coordinator should provide guidance related to which class/period teachers should administer the survey. For example, “Teachers should administer the survey to their first period class.”

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How do teachers administer the survey and what can students expect?

Prior to the survey launch date teachers will receive a URL link and QR code for the survey. Teachers can pre-load the site onto each computer/device as a bookmark or homepage. They can also share the link or QR code with students electronically by email or text message, or the QR code and be printed and posted or handed out to students for them to easily scan.

  1. Teachers will read survey instructions aloud (using a provided proctor script).
  2. Students will log into the survey using their unique Student ID.
    A screenshot of the Insight student login page
  3. Once they enter their unique Student ID, students will begin the survey. If any students experience technical difficulties, please reach out to Students should complete the surveys in one sitting. Survey responses are saved once the student clicks on “Submit.” Students can continue to work on their surveys as long as they do not reload the page or click on “Submit.”
  4. After students submit the survey, they will see a final “Thank you” screen that tells them they are finished.
  5. Students who finish early can read or work silently.

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What accommodations should be provided to students during the survey?

Students should be encouraged to take the survey experience seriously and reminded that their responses are confidential. The directions that teachers will read aloud include language that reminds students about these important details.

The survey is not testing the academic skills of students, so proctors should feel comfortable answering student’s questions about specific questions on the survey or the meaning of words, as long as they do not discuss the student’s responses.

To ensure that all students have an opportunity to share their feedback, you should plan to accommodate students with learning and thinking differences and multi-lingual learners.

Students with learning and thinking differences: Work with your school’s Survey Coordinator and special education teachers to plan accommodations. Students should receive the same accommodations that they receive on state or district assessments.

Multilingual Learners: Students will have the option to complete the survey in English and Spanish through the online portal. Please ensure that arrangements are made for any student that needs the survey read aloud in Spanish. (Districts/Networks can also request additional language translations based on the needs of the student population.)

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How can leaders use student survey results to impact change? (Includes report walk-through video and reflection guide)

Student survey results provide valuable information about how your students experience instructional practices at your school. The student data report provides detailed student feedback that you can use to better understand your students’ perceptions about their classroom experience.

Report Walk-Through

A six minute overview of the report features.

Reflection Guide

The report data provides valuable insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your school’s instructional culture from the students you serve. Use the Student Survey Reflection Guide to reflect on your school’s results and develop a strategy to help improve your school’s instructional culture. It includes the following Action Steps:

Action Step 1:
Get Oriented to your Data
Explore the student survey data for a snapshot of how students are experiencing your school’s instructional culture.
Action Step 2:
Prioritize a Focus Area
Review the survey data in more detail to determine what to prioritize for improvement.
Action Step 3:
Commit to Next Steps
Adjust your practices and support structures for students.
Action Step 4:
Sharing Results
Engage teachers and students with survey results and next steps.

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