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 (CEI) created Colorado’s Student Perception Survey.
CEI worked with teachers to design this toolkit to give teachers a comprehensive overview of Colorado’s Student Perception Survey and offer resources and tools for using survey results to inform practice.Continue
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To provide teachers with relevant and actionable feedback from their students, The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) created Colorado’s Student Perception Survey (SPS). CEI engaged in a rigorous development and pilot process using Colorado teacher and student input to create an effective, reliable survey that aligns to Colorado’s Teacher Quality Standards.
Colorado’s SPS is a 34-question tool that asks students about their classroom experience. The questions measure elements of student experience that most closely relate to the professional practices demonstrated to improve student outcomes. In addition, the survey results yield information about a teacher’s performance in the first three Colorado Teacher Quality Standards relating to professional practice.
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 a correlation tool to show the relationship among the four survey items on Colorado’s Student Perception Survey (SPS). By hovering over an item, the tool shows the other three survey items to which it correlates. This helps educators understand how the survey items fit together, and how targeted instructional practices can have an impact on several items within the survey. It also shows how targeted instructional practices can have an impact on a variety of survey items and categories. See how the survey items relate to each other for grades 3-5 and 6-12.
The Student Perception Survey (SPS) gives teachers an opportunity to reflect on their practice using the data generated by those that spend the most time in the classroom: the students.
Students’ perceptions of the activities, events, and interactions conducted in classrooms may not always align with educators’ perceptions. The SPS is a bridge between teachers’ understanding of how strategies are working in the classroom and how students perceive those strategies to be working.
The ultimate goal of the SPS tool is to provide teachers with actionable feedback to match student perceptions with teacher perceptions. When teachers receive student feedback, their awareness increases and they can shift their practice.
Read specific examples of student feedback from interviews and open-ended questions.
Watch a quick video on Colorado’s Student Perception Survey
Colorado’s Student Perception Survey underwent a rigorous development and pilot process to ensure that it is fair, valid, reliable, and incorporates input from Colorado teachers and students. Click on one of the links below to learn more about the research behind the survey.
The Student Perception Survey (SPS) results can become a tool for teachers to identify targeted areas of focus; receive feedback from peers, coaches, and evaluators; and build goals around results. The tools below provide a starting point for teachers to use SPS results to change their practice.
Read reflections from Colorado teachers on the Student Perception Survey
Dig into my results.
Use the results with my students.
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