Personal Attitude Reflection

THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

2007 Teacher Survey

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Dear Teacher: We want to know what YOU think about your school.

This spring, the New York City Department of Education is asking all teachers, all parents, and students in grades 6-12 to complete surveys about each school’s learning environment. The surveys are designed to reflect the experiences, attitudes, and perceptions of members of our school communities, and to provide information each school can use to improve its learning environment. Survey results will be reported to schools this summer, and factored into the new school Progress Report in the fall. This survey is anonymous and voluntary. Your answers will be combined with those of other teachers at your school to provide information and help the school improve its learning environment. No one at your school will ever see your individual answers. Please return your completed survey by May 18, 2007. Use the enclosed postage-paid envelope or mail to: NYC DOE TEACHER SURVEYS, P. O. Box 2894, West Caldwell, NJ 07007 If you have access to a computer with an Internet connection, you may prefer to take this survey on-line. If you decide to do so, go to schools.nyc.gov/surveys and click on Teacher Survey. Follow the instructions to log-in using the code that appears just above the barcode at the top of this page. For more information, please visit schools.nyc.gov/surveys or call 311.

Please fill in marks using black ink or pencil, like this: Not like this:

Thank you very much for helping to improve your school.

1. For this school year, which best describes your primary teaching responsibility? (You may mark more than one.)

Pre-K – 2nd Grades 3rd – 5th Grades 6th – 8th Grades 9th – 12th Grades

2. My primary area of instruction is: (Mark only one.)

Elementary Education English Language Arts Mathematics Science

Social Studies Art/Music/Drama/Dance Physical Education Foreign Language

Career or Technical Education

English Language Learners (ELL) Special Education Other

3. How long have you been a teacher at this school?

Less than one year 1-3 years 4-10 years 11-15 years More than 15 years

4. How long have you been a teacher?

Less than one year 1-3 years 4-10 years 11-15 years More than 15 years

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5. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your school?

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree

Strongly Disagree

a. Schools leaders communicate a clear vision for this school.

b. School leaders let staff know what is expected of them.

c. School leaders encourage open and honest communication on important school issues.

d. School leaders encourage collaboration among teachers.

e. There is alignment across the curriculum, instruction, and assessment within and across the grade levels at this school.

f. The principal places the learning needs of children ahead of other interests.

g. The principal is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly.

h. I trust the principal at his or her word.

6. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree

a. My school has high expectations for all students.

b. Teachers in this school set high standards for student work in their classes.

c. My school has clear measures of progress for student achievement throughout the year.

d. I have the materials I need to teach my class(es), such as: books, audio/visual equipment, maps, or calculators.

e. My instructional materials are in good condition.

f. Teachers in this school use student achievement data to improve instructional decisions.

g. This school makes it a priority to help students develop challenging learning goals.

h. This school makes it a priority to help students find the best ways to achieve their learning goals.

i. For high school teachers only: This school makes it a priority to help students select the best courses to achieve their college or career goals.

7. Which of the following courses or activities are available to students at your school – and when are they available during the day?

Offered as a regular school activity/course

Offered before or after school or

during free periods Not offered at all

a. Art

b. Music

c. Dance

d. Theater

e. Foreign language

f. Computer skills/technology

g. Health

h. Physical Education

i. Sports teams or clubs

j. Tutoring/enrichment activities

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8. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree

My school offers a wide enough variety of activities or courses to keep students engaged at my school.

9. To what extent do you feel supported by: To a great extent To some

extent To a small

extent To no extent

a. your principal?

b. other teachers at your school?

10. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree

a. The principal has confidence in the expertise of the teachers.

b. The principal invites teachers to play a meaningful role in setting goals and making important decisions for this school.

c. Teachers in this school respect teachers who take the lead in school improvement efforts.

d. Teachers in this school trust each other.

e. Teachers in this school recognize and respect colleagues who are the most effective teachers.

f. The principal visits classrooms to observe the quality of teaching at this school.

g. School leaders give me regular and helpful feedback about my teaching.

h. The principal places a high priority on the quality of teaching at this school.

11. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree

a. Most teachers in my school work together to improve their instructional practice.

b. This year, I received helpful training on the use of student achievement data to improve teaching and learning.

c. The professional development I received this year provided me with content support in my subject area.

d. The professional development I received this year provided me with teaching strategies to better meet the needs of my students.

12. Based on your experiences during the current school year, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree

Strongly Disagree

a. Obtaining information from parents about student learning needs is a priority at my school.

b. Teachers and administrators in my school use information from parents to improve instructional practices and meet student learning needs.

c. My school communicates effectively with parents when students misbehave.

d. It is difficult to overcome language or cultural barriers between teachers and parents at my school.

13. This year, what percentage of your students had at least one parent attend your parent-teacher conferences?

0-25% 26-50% 51-75% 76-100%

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Thank you for completing this survey!

Please return your completed survey by May 18, 2007. Use the enclosed postage-paid envelope

or mail to: NYC DOE TEACHER SURVEYS, P. O. Box 2894, West Caldwell, NJ 07007. If you have more comments on the learning environment in your school, please email surveys@schools.nyc.gov

or write to: Learning Environment Surveys, New York City Department of Education, 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007.

14. How often during this school year have you: More than

once a week

Once a Week

About Once a Month

About 3 or 4 Times

each Year

Rarely or Never

a. received information about a student’s learning that was offered by a parent?

b. had a conversation or corresponded with a parent of a student about the student’s behavior?

c. attempted to have a conversation with a parent but failed because you were not able to contact the parent or the parent did not respond or attend?

d. communicated with students about their progress in class?

e. communicated with parents about their children’s progress in class?

f. sent home information on how parents can help students learn at home?

g. sent parents written information on what you are teaching and what students are expected to learn?

h. sent home information on services to help students or parents such as: tutoring, after-school programs, or classes adults can take to help their children in school?

15. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree

a. Order and discipline are maintained at my school.

b. I can get the help I need at my school to address student behavior and discipline problems.

c. I am safe at my school.

d. Crime and violence are a problem in my school.

e. Students in my school are often threatened or bullied.

f. Adults at my school are often disrespectful to students.

g. Most students at my school treat teachers with respect.

h. Most parents treat teachers at this school with respect.

i. Students’ use of alcohol and illegal drugs in school is a problem at my school.

j. There are conflicts at my school based: on race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or disability.

k. There is a person or a program in my school to help students resolve conflicts.

l. Gang activity is a problem at my school.

m. The presence and actions of School Safety Agents help to promote a safe and respectful learning environment.

n. My school is kept clean.