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School Climate Survey

School Climate Surveys are a set of multidimensional measures of student perceptions of school climate for students in grades 3-12.


The School Climate Survey is used to provide a valid, reliable, and brief measure of perceptions of school climate. The survey measures multiple dimensions of school climate. The results of the survey help school leadership teams know if there are areas of the school climate that need to be addressed in their PBIS implementation.

Two versions of the survey are available on PBIS Assessment: Elementary and Middle/High School. Related surveys for school personnel and family of students are currently being piloted.

Dimensions Assessed

Elementary: Grades 3-6

​The survey has 11 items that are rated on a 4-point scale: never, sometimes, often, and always. The dimensions assessed are:

  • School connectedness.
  • School safety.
  • School orderliness.
  • Peer and adult relations.

Middle/High School: Grades 6-12

​The survey has 9 items that are rated on a 4-point scale: strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, somewhat agree, strongly agree. The dimensions assessed are:

  • Teaching and learning.
  • Relationships.
  • Safety.

Administering the Assessment

A PBIS assessment coordinator opens a School Climate Survey window for schools. This produces a direct link that is distributed to students to complete the survey online. Teachers provide students with time to complete the survey during school hours, typically in a computer lab. Each student independently goes to the link and answers the 9 or 11 questions.

Estimated Time

  • The student school climate survey takes students approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

Assessment Schedule

  • The School Climate Survey should be administered around the 45th day of school. This provides students with enough time to experience the school climate, with enough time left in the school year for educators to use the results for improvement.
  • The survey can be administered again during the last 45 days of school.

Data Entry

  • As students complete the online survey, the results populate reports in PBIS Assessment via a nightly update.
  • Scores are organized by total scores, subscales, grade, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and each item.

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