Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI)
District 181 is committed to the school improvement process. Each year, principals and their staff work with District administrators to determine both academic and social-emotional learning (SEL) goals that will support and strengthen students' educational experiences. School improvement teams also identify strategies to reach those goals. Measuring school climate is one way to gather feedback about the learning environment and inform the type of SEL goals that will be targeted.
School climate is a broad term that refers to the quality and character of the learning environment. Student experiences in school impact their connection to the environment, the people in it, and ultimately their success as learners. Evaluating school climate is critical to school improvement planning because it allows us to monitor our progress, make data-driven decisions, engage stakeholders, and implement changes that reflect the needs of our school communities. More resources on school climate are available here.
Recognizing the importance of school climate and the need for measures and procedures to help schools identify and act on their needs, the State of Illinois passed Senate Bill 7 to formalize school surveys across the state and enhance public information about the schools by providing surveys of learning conditions.
The Comprehensive School Climate Survey (CSCI)
The CSCI is one of the alternate climate surveys identified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The District 181 SELAS Advisory Committee reviewed school climate surveys in 2014-15 and recommended to the Board of Education that the CSCI be used in 2016. It was elected the survey be administered again in 2018.
The 20-minute anonymous survey was administered to all 3rd-8th grade students in classrooms and the survey was available to all staff and parents by email in December 2018. Input from each of these groups is essential to the quality of the data. Parents were asked to complete one survey per household per school. Meaning, if a family has a 2nd grader and 4th grader in a D181 elementary school, and a 7th grader in a D181 middle school, the survey could have been completed once for the elementary school and once for the middle school. Sample surveys were available in each school office for preview, and parents could opt their child out of the survey by notifying the principal in writing prior to December 2.