The OurSCHOOL school improvement solutions help school administrators measure factors known to affect student outcomes. These solutions also make it possible to assess specific areas of concern such as bullying and school safety, school completion, student engagement, healthy schools, teacher insight, and parent insight. Each instrument is designed specifically for the targeted age groups.
Bullying & School Safety
A safe school environment is critical for student success and well-being. Schools are safer when school staff, students, parents, and the community work together to prevent bullying, exclusion, and sexual harassment.
In this 13-minute survey, school-level data is collected on bullying and school safety. Administrators are able to determine the types of bullying that occur in their school, where and when it occurs, how students respond, how safe students feel, and other useful information. This information can be used to help plan school improvements.
You may also view our Raising The Bar video on Bullying & School Safety here.
School completion is a significant predictor of a person’s long-term health, economic success and general well-being. All students have a certain probability of completing school, which depends on a complex set of factors associated with their family background, academic achievement, engagement, behavior, and the learning climate of their school. OurSCHOOL provides reliable measures of these principal factors, which are used to estimate the probability of a student completing secondary school.
The School Completion report is a four-page comprehensive document that summarizes your school’s results on measures related to school completion. It also contains a literature review and details on key findings related to this topic, and can be used to create evidence-based intervention strategies.
You may also view our Raising The Bar video on School Completion here.
Student engagement is “a disposition towards learning, working with others, and functioning in a social institution”. It includes a student’s sense of belonging at school, the extent to which they value schooling outcomes, and their psychological investment in learning. Measures of these aspects of student engagement can be classified as social engagement, institutional engagement, and intellectual engagement.
Each report contains the following four sections:
1) Assessing Student Engagement
2) Equality of Engagement
3) Drivers of Student Outcomes
4) What Schools Can Do
You may also view our Raising The Bar video on Intellectual Engagement here.
Find out if your students are ready for life after graduation and make informed decisions on the support and instruction students need to explore careers, guide them to relevant programs, and gain the vocational experience they need to succeed. The critical process of career planning starts in early childhood and intensifies during adolescence. The OurSCHOOL Secondary Student Survey now gives you insight into your students’ aspirations and career knowledge, and shows you what factors they consider obstacles to employment.
The Healthy School survey gathers data about your students’ physical and emotional well-being. Topics include physical activity, mental health (anxiety, depression, and self-esteem), healthy weight, risky behaviors (tobacco use, alcohol use, and drug use), gambling, and sexual health. The risky behavior measures provide the option to ask Basic or Extended versions of each measure depending on the level of detail required. The healthy school survey takes students about 25 minutes to complete.
You may also view our Raising The Bar video on Mental Health here.
The Teacher Survey is a self-evaluation tool for teachers and schools which is based on two complementary research paradigms. One is “effective schools” research which has identified the most important correlates of student outcomes. The second paradigm relates to dimensions of classroom and school practices and is based on the learning model followed by the Outward Bound program. This is hailed as an effective model of teaching as participants are presented with tangible, challenging goals and it leads participants to achieving those goals in incremental steps.
Schools, Principals or School Coordinators will use this to develop of effective professional learning opportunities that meet the needs of teachers.
The Parent Survey is based primarily on Joyce Epstein’s framework for fostering positive relations between the school and the community. Successful schools foster greater communication with parents, encourage parental involvement in their child’s schoolwork, and enlist parents to volunteer at the school and participate in school governance. This survey provides feedback on parents’ perceptions of the school’s support for learning, positive behaviors, and the promotion of safety and inclusion.
You may also view our Raising The Bar video on Parent Involvement here.