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 created Colorado’s Student Perception Survey.
This toolkit provides resources for administrators, evaluators, and coaches to introduce the survey to teachers, conduct coaching conversations around results, and ultimately use survey results to inform teacher practice.Continue
Administrators and coaches will learn about:
CEI has worked with educators to create a set of resources for administrators, coaches, and evaluators to use to introduce the survey to teachers and engage with teachers on results.
Colorado’s Student Perception Survey focuses on student learning, student-centered environment, classroom community, and classroom management. Each of these categories include questions that measure teacher practice and provide an overall picture of educator effectiveness. CEI has created this tool to demonstrate the interconnectedness of the survey items. For example, when you hover over an item it will show the three other survey items to which it correlates. Why does this matter? This helps educators understand how the various survey items fit together. It also shows how targeted instructional practices can have an impact on a variety of survey items and categories.
It is important to remember that by itself, a reliable and valid instrument does not ensure that teachers will receive good feedback. As a school/district leader or coach you can alleviate fears by helping teachers understand what the survey is, how it will be administered, and how results will be used. Teachers must be aware of and trust the survey instrument and the administration process in order to trust the results.
Teachers will have questions about the fairness, reliability, and validity of the survey, and how students and teachers were engaged in its development.
How does the survey align to the Colorado Teacher Quality Standards?
As a coach, you can empower your educators to use Colorado’s Student Perception Survey (SPS) results to inform teacher instruction and change practice! The SPS has the greatest potential impact when teachers are able to use the data to reflect, modify, and adjust their practice. Teachers must understand the purpose of the SPS so that they can use the data to create actionable goals around student learning, student-centered environment, classroom community, and classroom management. The SPS then becomes a tool for teachers to identify areas of focus, receive feedback from evaluators, and participate in meaningful coaching conversations with peers. A self-assessment of teachers’ perceptions for grades 3-5 and 6-12 is available.
Principals can also use school-wide SPS data to encourage teachers to discuss areas of strength with their colleagues (grade level, content areas, or PLC teams) as well as coach and support each other.
We strive to constantly improve the toolkits. We're looking for new and interesting ways to make them more useful for you and your team. How are we doing? What can we do better? Please let us know.