New Jersey School Climate Survey
(See survey materials below)
Background and Description
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), in collaboration with the Bloustein Center for Survey Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, developed and disseminated the New Jersey School Climate Survey (NJSCS) and supportive materials in 2012. The establishment and maintenance of positive school climates and cultures, as is the case with other school improvement efforts, require reliable data from which to identify strengths and concerns and draw actionable conclusions. The NJSCS can be used to collect and analyze objective information from diverse school populations (i.e., students, staff and parents) for reinforcing positive conditions for learning and addressing vulnerabilities in local learning conditions.
Voluntary and Free Resource
Schools are encouraged but not required to use the NJSCS tools to support local school climate and culture improvement activities, as an integral part of their continuous efforts to improve student's educations and prevent at-risk student behavior. There is no mechanism for reporting survey data to the state. The NJSCS materials are provided as a service to help schools understand and improve local safe and supportive conditions for learning.
The NJSCS also can be used to assist schools, particularly school safety teams, in meeting their obligations under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act to "…develop, foster, and maintain a positive school climate by focusing on the on-going, systemic process and practices in the school and to address school climate issues such as harassment, intimidation, or bullying …" and to "… review and strengthen school climate and the policies of the school to prevent and address harassment, intimidation, or bullying of students."
The NJSCS is based on the domains for school climate (i.e., physical environment, emotional environment, teaching and learning, relationships, community engagement, morale in the school community) identified in the research literature. The questionnaires are drawn from field-tested survey instruments from multiple sources. Unlimited copies may be made of the survey materials. While the NJSCS materials are in the public domain, under no circumstances may the materials be changed and the revised materials attributed the NJDOE in any way.
All NJSCS materials are provided below:
- Survey Administration Guide (all surveys)
- Sample Forms (all surveys)
- NJ School Climate Survey: Middle-High School Students (grades 6-12)
- NJ School Climate Survey: Elementary Students (grades 3-5)
- NJ School Climate Survey: School Staff
- NJ School Climate Survey: Parents
- References for School Climate Survey and Domains