In an effort to create an effective and reliable tool that provides teachers with relevant and actionable feedback from their students, The Colorado Education Initiative has created Colorado’s Student Perception Survey. We engaged in a rigorous development and pilot process to create a survey that is specifically designed with input from Colorado teachers and students.
Throughout the pilot process, we worked closely with our 16 partner districts to identify best practices regarding survey administration and we have incorporated those best practices for every step in this planning guide.
This toolkit compiles all of the lessons and best practices we have gathered from our diverse group of partners and offers many options for finding the right process for your district.
How to Use This Toolkit
SPS Additional Resources for Teachers
Colorado’s Student Perception Survey is a unique source of actionable feedback on your instructional practice that you can apply to continue building upon your strengths and accelerate your professional development. The survey was developed with input from 1,400 teachers throughout Colorado and is grounded in best practices for fair and equitable evaluation.
Below you will find additional resources and information about the Colorado Student Perception Survey. If you have any additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview of Colorado’s Student Perception Survey
A teacher’s guide to Student Perception Surveys
Colorado Student Perception Surveys (grades 3 – 5 and 6 – 12)
A webinar for teachers on Colorado’s Student Perception Survey
Teacher reflections on Student Perception Survey results
FAQs about Colorado’s Student Perception Survey
Executive summary of the survey technical report – Coming Soon!
An overview of students feedback for teachers
Additional research on Student Perception Surveys
How other states and districts are using Student Perception Surveys
Comparisons between the pre-pilot, pilot, and final versions of the survey(grades 3 – 5 and 6 – 12)
Crosswalk of survey elements to Teacher Quality Standards
Digging Deeper: Using the Student Perception Survey with the Colorado State Model Evaluation System for Teachers
Digging Deeper: Linking the Student Perception Survey with your Local Evaluation System
*The image above represents the words and phrases used most often by students on Colorado’s SPS open-ended question to describe teachers in the top 5% (for overall survey results).
Research on Colorado’s Student Perception Survey
The Full Technical Report
The Executive Summary of the Technical Report – Coming Soon!
Positioning Students as Experts on Instruction: An Analysis of Open-Ended Responses from the Student Perception Survey
Why Kids Should Grade Teachers – An article in The Atlantic on the national trend to implement student perception surveys.
The Measures of Effective (MET) Teaching Project - The largest and most recent inquiry into the use of student feedback in assessing teacher practice.
- Asking Students About Teaching – A report from the MET Project to help practitioners and policymakers understand student surveys as potential tools for teacher evaluation and feedback.
Student survey videos from Pittsburgh Public Schools – Several videos that showcase teachers talking about their experience with student perception surveys.
Other state and district examples – An overview of how student perception surveys are being used across the country.