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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 2015-2016
Last update: July 29, 2016

The same SQS instruments were administered in School Years 2015 and 2016. Unlike previous years' SQS reports, the 2015 and 2016 SQS reports contain four dimensions: Safety, Well-Being, Satisfaction, and Involvement/Engagement. Group comparisons between the 2015 and/or 2016 SQS cohorts with prior years' cohorts are acceptable subject to the following conditions:

  • The 2012 SQS through 2014 SQS reports are comparable for all respondent groups since the same surveys were administered for these three years.

  • The 2015 SQS and 2016 SQS reports are comparable for all respondent groups since the same surveys were administered for these two years.

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

  • The 2015 and 2016 SQS reports for school personnel respondents (school teachers, administrative and office staff, and instructional support staff) should not be compared to prior years' reports due to major changes in their survey questions.

  • For the 2015 and 2016 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 and 2016 SQS reports.

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