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We have your back-to-school checklist!

Like you, all of us here at School Perceptions would like to see every student get a great

education. We understand that achieving this goal means that school leaders need good data to inform their decision-making and planning processes. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to “measure what matters” - assisting schools and districts in collecting the data you need, no matter your size or your budget.

To that end, we have focused our research efforts and applied our years of experience to:

  • Developing succinct and high-quality surveys that result in useful data, while minimizing “data overload.”

  • Expanding our survey platform to allow for a broader range of deployment options and price points.

  • Creating a survey “itinerary” - a suggested timeline to collect relevant data.

The right survey is essential. Getting the most useful data starts with asking, “What do we need to know?” - not only with respect to your students but also your staff, parents, and school board members. That’s why we’ve developed over 20 different surveys, each aimed at answering important questions like:

  • How are students handling the transition to middle and high school?

  • Where do parents believe additional planning and resources are most needed?

  • Are staff members feeling engaged?

  • Is our school board on the same page?

It should be affordable. We want to meet the unique needs of every district, but also make sure that our services are accessible to a wide range of budgets. Some districts are better served by our “full service” option, in which we take care of every detail of survey deployment. For districts that may find this unnecessary or cost-prohibitive, our “Key Measurements System” approach allows users to deploy surveys themselves at a lower cost. If this sounds intimidating, don’t worry! We are here to help and support you every step of the way.

Timing is everything. Equally important to knowing what questions you should ask is knowing when to ask them. To make discerning the “when” of data collection easier, we have mapped out a guide to help you collect meaningful, timely data at manageable intervals throughout the school year. The chart below lays out a suggested timeline for survey implementation; we hope you find this guide helpful.

If you have questions about any of these surveys or your implementation options, please reach out. We would be happy to talk more about how we can help you and your team “measure what matters.”


The School Perceptions Blog and Resource Center features the voices of our team members. This post was written by Cari Udermann, Project Implementation Manager.


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