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ERIC Number: ED553169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 46
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
Measuring School Climate: Using Existing Data Tools on Climate and Effectiveness to Inform School Organizational Health
Durham, Rachel E.; Bettencourt, Amie; Connolly, Faith
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
Despite--or perhaps due to--the lack of consensus on its definition, there is abundant interest in and research on school climate. Researchers have determined that improving school climate is one way to increase academic achievement, school safety, school completion, teacher retention, healthy social interactions, and student well-being (Cohen, 2010; Dynarski, Clarke, Cobb, Finn, Rumberger, & Smink, 2008). Baltimore City Schools understands the importance of school climate and deploys multiple tools every year to understand and describe it. This report follows up on a previous Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) report, "Positive School Climate: What It Looks Like and How It Happens" (ED553170). In that report, examples of principal and school actions to improve school climate were highlighted and reviewed. At its conclusion, questions remained about how schools, principals, and district administrators measure school climate. This subsequent report provides an overview of the data currently being collected by City Schools related to school climate and a proposal for how these disparate data sources can be summarized to inform school organizational health. It is guided by the following research questions: (1) What data are being systematically collected by City Schools that can speak to school climate, effectiveness, and organizational health? (2) What are the strengths and limitations of each data source? and (3) How do the different data sources relate and correspond to each other? The following are appended: (1) A Climate Tool: The 12 Indicators of School Climate for All City Schools, 2012-13; (2) National Center for School Climate: The 12 Dimensions of School Climate Measured; (3) The Climate Walk Tool; (4) Baltimore City Schools School Effectiveness Framework; (5) Baltimore City Schools Instructional Framework; and (6) Instrument Item Correspondence with NSCC [National School Climate Center] Climate Domains and Organizational Health Tool.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Open Society Institute; Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation; Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation; Wright Family Foundation
Authoring Institution: Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland