The Quality of School Climate and Safety indicator is one of the state indicators in Kentucky's accountability system.
The indicator uses perception data from surveys that measure insight into the school environment.
The Quality of School Climate and Safety survey contains two forms: Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-High School. For 2021, each form contains 27 statements for which students are prompted to respond whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree or strongly disagree. All students in tested grades participate in the surveys.
Added for 2021 is an Opportunity to Learn Survey, which contains seven survey items on each form. This survey supplement seeks to capture students’ perceptions of their educational circumstances during the 2020-2021 school year in the areas of access to tools that support instruction, access to instruction and instructional experience.
The results of these supplemental surveys will be used to inform educators, parents and stakeholders on students’ perceptual impact of the change in instructional delivery methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will not contribute to school accountability.
The survey items are available for each form:
The survey is modified and number of items reduced for students who participate in the Alternate Assessment program.
Kentucky’s school accountability system will be amended based on changes required by Senate Bill 158, 2020. The bill amends KRS 158.6455, Section 1 to create an accountability system that shall include an annual meaningful differentiation of all public schools in the state using multiple measures that describe the overall performance of each district, school and student demographic group.
Visit the Accountability and the Development of School Accountability System pages for more information on Kentucky’s Accountability System.