Conditions for Learning Survey

Administering the Survey

The Sioux City Community School District schools are getting ready to administer an annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions for Learning to all students in grades 3 through 12. This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Each school will administer a survey within the timeframe of April 5 through May 28, 2021.

Parent/Guardian Action Items

Survey Information Packet and Written Refusal for Student

Thank you for partnering with us to improve conditions for learning throughout the state.  An information packet has been put together by the Department of Education that contains:

  • An information summary about the student surveys
  • A written refusal form if you do not want your child/children to participate in completing the Survey
    • Please note, the written refusal form must be printed and returned to your child’s school. If you do not have access to a printer, please call your child’s school for further assistance.

Access the packet in your preferred language by clicking on the language link below:

English Packet

Spanish Packet

Vietnamese Packet

Oromo Packet

Somali Packet

Tigrinya Packet

Parent/Guardian Participation

The Department of Education has also asked that parents complete a short survey to broaden the scope of information garnered through this survey process.

Your participation in the survey means your school will have valuable feedback for identifying areas of strengths and areas for improvement. Follow the instructions below to complete the survey. It should take less than 20 minutes. You may submit one response for each child.

Click here to access the Conditions for Learning Parent/Guardian Survey.

Parent/Guardian Survey Directions

  1. Select Your School
    1. On the main landing page, you will see two drop down lists.
    2. If your student is in grades Preschool-5, select from the first list.
    3. If your student is in grades 6-12, select from the second list.
    4. When you have found the school at which your student attends, click the “Take This Survey” button to begin.
    5. On the next page, confirm that the district and school names are correct.
    6. If they are not correct, go back to select the correct school.
  2. Complete the Survey
    1. Once you have confirmed the district and school name are correct, read the instructions and begin answering the questions. The first four questions are required for federal reporting, and the following Conditions for Learning questions are optional.
    1. When you are done answering questions, be sure you click the blue “Submit” button at the end to submit your response. If you exit the window before doing this, your responses will not be saved and you will need to begin again.
  3. Optional – Submit Another Response
    1. If you would like to respond for another child after submitting your response, click on the “Take Another Survey” button. You will be directed back to the school selection page to start a new survey.

Purpose of the Conditions for Learning Survey

All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement, and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement, and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.

Iowa measures conditions for learning by asking the real experts each year – STUDENTS.  This is their chance to make their voice heard, and we intend to listen.  Studies have shown this work matters.  Improving skills such as solving problems, working out conflict, and working with other people in a group has led to double-digit increases on achievement test scores, improved classroom behavior and improved attitudes.

All public schools in Iowa will use the statewide online Survey to assess the Conditions for Learning in their school grades 3 through 12. Each school will receive timely data annually at the building level in the fall to support alignment of professional development with identified needs of students.

We will ask your child to simply fill out a confidential Survey.  The Survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. A high rate of participation by students in completing the Conditions for Learning Survey is important for obtaining the most complete school climate data for our school.  Support from you in communicating to your students that this is their chance to be heard and to be part of the effort to improve conditions for learning at their school is critical.

If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s school.