The article below describes the content of the surveys. How Can I Preview the Survey? provides instructions to preview a custom survey.
Learning / Organizational Conditions
The primary focus of Ascend, Catalyze and Elevate surveys is to understand how individuals are experiencing their environment, specifically, the extent to which they are experiencing critical learning/organizational conditions.
The documents linked below describe the conditions measured by each program, as well as the specific questions that participants are asked:
Each time a participant takes a survey, they are asked one of two fidelity questions to ensure they understand the purpose of the survey and feel comfortable answering the questions honestly.
All Programs: “I feel comfortable answering these questions honestly.”
Ascend: “My instructor will try to use my answers to this survey to make class better for me.”
Catalyze: “Leaders at [class name] will use my answers to this survey to make things better for me and my students.”
Elevate: “My teacher will try to use my answers to this survey to make class better for me.”
The first time participants complete the survey, they are asked a few demographic questions that enable us to disaggregate data in different ways (e.g., to show whether girls/women or boys/men experience their environment differently).
Research Questions (Elevate Only)
From time to time, PERTS will add questions to the survey in order to collect research data. In 2022-23, PERTS is conducting an ESSA Tier-3 Study to gather evidence on which actions lead to improvement in Elevate data. Beginning November 14th, 2022 two questions (below) will be added to the end of 2022-23 Elevate survey to gather evidence for this study. Each participant will only see one of the two questions when they take the survey.
My teacher has talked with my class about our responses to this survey.
My teacher has asked my class for ideas about how to make our class better.
The answers to these questions will not appear in reports in 2022-23. These items may appear in the fidelity section of reports beginning Fall 2023, if it’s determined that they help predict improvements in 2022-23 data.