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School Quality Survey

The School Quality Survey (SQS) is a DOE-administered survey that asks students, parents, teachers, administrative and office staff, and instructional support staff for their opinions of school quality. Schools may find the survey results useful for school planning, improvement, and other purposes.

The SQS is administered to DOE regular public school students in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 11.

Current report: School Year 2016-2017
Last update: August 28, 2017

The same SQS instruments were administered in School Years 2015 and 2016. For the School Year 2017 SQS school personnel survey, two new questions were included in the "Satisfaction" dimension, and they replaced those questions (12 and 13) previously published in the 2015 and 2016 SQS reports. Unlike the previous two years' reports, the two new questions in the 2017 SQS school personnel survey now refer to the resources and professional opportunities provided by individual schools, not system-wide by the Hawaii Department of Education. Also, question 14 of the 2017 SQS parent survey inquires about parents' satisfaction with the resources offered for learning, but without the prior two years' specific reference to those resources provided by the Hawaii Department of Education.

Unlike previous years' reports, the 2015 - 2017 SQS reports contain four dimensions: Safety, Well-Being, Satisfaction, and Involvement/Engagement. Group comparisons between the 2015 through 2017 SQS cohorts with prior years' cohorts are acceptable subject to the following conditions:

  • The 2013 and 2014 SQS reports are comparable for all respondent groups since the same surveys were administered for these two years.

  • For the 2015, 2016, and 2017 SQS reports for the parent respondents, the percentage of positive response (not individual rating) is generally comparable to prior years' reports on all four dimensions.

  • The 2015, 2016, and 2017 SQS reports for the school personnel respondents (school teachers, administrative and office staff, and instructional support staff) should not be compared to prior years' reports due to the new survey questions. Comparisons of the responses from the school personnel for the "Safety," "Well-Being," and "Involvement/Engagement" dimensions can be made for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 SQS reports. With respect to the "Satisfaction" dimension, comparisons of the school personnel feedback are acceptable for the 2015 and 2016 SQS reports, but not with the 2017 SQS report due to the changes (questions 12 and 13) made therein.

  • For the 2015, 2016, and 2017 SQS reports for the student respondents (elementary, middle, and high school), the percentage of positive response (see report Summary Table or Figure), not individual rating, on the "Safety," "Well-Being," and "Satisfaction" dimensions are comparable to the percentage of positive agreement in the previous years' reports; however, with respect to the "Involvement/ Engagement" dimension, the percentage of positive response (not individual rating) for this group is comparable between the 2011 SQS report and the 2015-2017 SQS reports.

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