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
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:
The Department of Education has also asked that parents complete four short questions to broaden the scope of information garnered through this survey.
Please check back soon for more information to complete the Parent Questionnaire. The Department of Education has not released the questionnaire yet.
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.