School Questionnaire – English

Instructions

Dear school administrator,

Thank you for participating in this study.

This questionnaire asks for information about:

  • School background information
  • School management Teaching staff
  • Assessment and evaluation Targeted groups
  • School climate

This information helps illustrate the similarities and differences between groups of schools in order to better establish the context for students’ test results. For example, the information provided may help to establish what effect the availability of resources may have on student achievement – both within and between countries.

The questionnaire should be completed by the principal or designate. It should take about 45 minutes to complete.

For some questions specific expertise may be needed. You may consult experts to help you answer these questions.

If you do not know an answer precisely, your best estimate will be adequate for the purpose of the study.

Please note that the forward button used to proceed to the next question is located at the bottom right hand corner of your screen. In some instances you may need to scroll down to the bottom of your screen to access this forward button.

Your answers will be combined with answers from other principals to calculate totals and averages. All information (or responses) you provide may only be used for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law [Education Science Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002), 20 U.S. Code, Section 9573].

To answer questions in this questionnaire, please consider the following definition:

Science includes the domains of physics, chemistry, earth and space sciences, biology, applied sciences and technology either taught in your curriculum as separate science subjects, or taught within a single ‘integrated-science’ subject. It does NOT include related subjects such as mathematics, psychology, economics, nor geography.

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless such collection displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this voluntary information collection is 1850-0755. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 45 minutes per response, including the time to review instructions, search existing data resources, gather the data needed, and complete and review the information collection. If you have any suggestions for improving the form, or comments or concerns regarding the accuracy of the time estimate(s) or the status of your individual submission of this form, please write to: Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, N.W., Room 8122, Washington, D.C. 20006.

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School background information

SC001

Which of the following definitions best describes the community in which your school is located?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedA village, hamlet or rural area (fewer than 3,000 people)

radio button uncheckedA small town (3,000 to about 15,000 people)

radio button uncheckedA town (15,000 to about 100,000 people)

radio button uncheckedA city (100,000 to about 1,000,000 people)

radio button uncheckedA large city (with over 1,000,000 people)

SC002

As of February 1, 2015, what was the total school enrollment (number of students)?

(Please enter a number for each response. Enter "0" (zero) if there are none.)

text entry areaNumber of boys

text entry areaNumber of girls

SC003

What is the average size of English classes in the 10th grade in your school?

(Please select one response.)

radio button unchecked15 students or fewer

radio button unchecked16-20 students

radio button unchecked21-25 students

radio button unchecked26-30 students

radio button unchecked31-35 students

radio button unchecked36-40 students

radio button unchecked41-45 students

radio button unchecked46-50 students

radio button uncheckedMore than 50 students

SC801

Approximately what percentage of students at this school last year were eligible for free - or reduced - price lunches through the National School Lunch Program?

(Please enter a number. Type 0 (zero) if there are none.)

text entry areaPercentage of students eligible

SC004

The goal of the following set of questions is to gather information about the student-computer ratio for students in the 10th grade at your school.

(Please enter a number for each response. Enter "0" (zero) if there are none.)

text entry areaAt your school, what is the total number of students in the 10th grade?

text entry areaApproximately how many computers are available for these students for educational purposes?

text entry areaApproximately how many of these computers are connected to the Internet?

text entry areaApproximately how many of these computers are portable (e.g., laptop, tablet)?

text entry areaAbout how many interactive whiteboards are available in the school altogether?

text entry areaAbout how many data projectors are available in the school altogether?

text entry areaAbout how many computers with internet connection are available for teachers in your school?

SC053

In this academic year, which of the following activities does your school offer to students in the 10th grade?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Band, orchestra or choir radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
School play or school musical radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
School yearbook, newspaper or magazine radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Volunteering or community service activities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Science club radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Science competitions (e.g., science fair) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Chess club radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Club with a focus on computers/ Information and Communication Technology radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Art club or art activities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Sports team or sports activities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC059

Which of the following is true for the science department of your school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Compared to other departments, our school's science department is well equipped. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
If we ever have some extra funding, a big share goes into improvement of our science teaching. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Science teachers are among our best educated staff members. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Compared to similar schools, we have a well equipped laboratory. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The material for hands-on activities in science is in good shape. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We have enough laboratory material that all courses can regularly use it. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We have extra laboratory staff that helps support science teaching. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school spends extra money on up-to-date science equipment. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC052

For 15-year-old students, does your school provide the following study help?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Room(s) where the students can do their homework radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Staff help with homework radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

School Management

SC009

Below are statements about your management of this school. Please indicate the frequency of the following activities and behaviors in your school during 2014-2015 academic year.

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Did not occur 1-2 times during the year 3-4 times during the year Once a month Once a week More than once a week
I use student performance results to develop the school’s educational goals. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I make sure that the professional development activities of teachers are in accordance with the teaching goals of the school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I ensure that teachers work according to the school’s educational goals. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I promote teaching practices based on recent educational research. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I praise teachers whose students are actively participating in learning. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
When a teacher has problems in his/her classroom, I take the initiative to discuss matters. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I draw teachers’ attention to the importance of students’ development of critical and social capacities. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I pay attention to disruptive behavior in classrooms. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I provide staff with opportunities to participate in school decision-making. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I engage teachers to help build a school culture of continuous improvement. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I ask teachers to participate in reviewing management practices. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
When a teacher brings up a classroom problem, we solve the problem together. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
I discuss the school’s academic goals with teachers at faculty meetings. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC010

Regarding your school, who has a considerable responsibility for the following tasks?

(Please select as many boxes as appropriate in each row.)

  Principal Teachers School-level governing board Local education agency State education agency U.S. Dept. of Education
Selecting teachers for hire checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Firing teachers checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Establishing teachers’ starting salaries checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Determining teachers’ salary increases checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Formulating the school budget checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Deciding on budget allocations within the school checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Establishing student disciplinary policies checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Establishing student assessment policies checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Approving students for admission to the school checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Choosing which textbooks are used checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Determining course content checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked
Deciding which courses are offered checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked checkbox unchecked

SC012

How often are the following factors considered when students are admitted to your school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Never Sometimes Always
Student’s record of academic performance (including placement tests) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Recommendation of feeder schools radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Parents’ endorsement of the instructional or religious philosophy of the school radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Whether the student requires or is interested in a special program radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Preference given to family members of current or former students radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Residence in a particular area radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Other radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC013

Is your school a public or a private school?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedA public school

radio button uncheckedA private school

SC014

What kind of organization runs your school?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedA church or other religious organization

radio button uncheckedAnother not-for-profit organization

radio button uncheckedA for-profit organization

SC016

About what percentage of your total funding for a typical school year comes from the following sources?

(Please enter a number for each response. Enter "0" (zero) if there are none.)

text entry area% Government (includes local, state and federal)

text entry area% Tuition, student fees or school charges paid by parents

text entry area% Benefactors, donations, bequests, sponsorships, parent fundraising

text entry area% Other

SC017

Is your school's capacity to provide instruction hindered by any of the following issues?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Not at all Very little To some extent A lot
A lack of teaching staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poorly qualified teaching staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of assisting staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poorly qualified assisting staff radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of educational material (e.g., textbooks, IT equipment, library or laboratory material) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poor quality educational material (e.g., textbooks, IT equipment, library or laboratory material) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A lack of physical infrastructure (e.g., building, grounds, heating/cooling, lighting and PA system) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Inadequate or poor quality physical infrastructure (e.g., building, grounds, heating/cooling, lighting and PA system) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Teaching Staff

SC018

How many of the following teachers are on the staff of your school?

Include both full-time and part-time teachers. A full-time teacher is employed at least 90% of the time as a teacher for the full school year. All other teachers should be considered part time.

Regarding the qualification level, please refer only to the teacher's highest qualification level.

(Please enter a number in each space provided. Enter "0" (zero) if there are none.)

  Full-time Part-time
Teachers in TOTAL text entry area text entry area
Teachers fully certified by the state in their main assignment field text entry area text entry area
Teachers with a bachelor's degree text entry area text entry area
Teachers with a master's degree text entry area text entry area
Teachers with a doctoral degree or professional degree (e.g., J.D. or M.D.) text entry area text entry area

SC019

How many of the following teachers are on the science staff of your school?

Include both full-time and part-time teachers. A full-time teacher is employed at least 90% of the time as a teacher for the full school year. All other teachers should be considered part time.

(Please enter a number in each space provided. Enter "0" (zero) if there are none.)

  Full-time Part-time
Science teachers in TOTAL text entry area text entry area
Science teachers fully certified by the state in their main assignment field text entry area text entry area
Science teachers with at least a bachelor's degree with a major in science text entry area text entry area

SC025

During the last three months, what percentage of teaching staff in your school has attended a program of professional development?

A program of professional development here is a formal program designed to enhance teaching skills or pedagogical practices. It may or may not lead to a recognized qualification. The program must last for at least one day in total and have a focus on teaching and education.

(Please move the slider to the appropriate percentage. If none of your teachers participated in any professional development activities select "0" (zero).)

All teaching staff at your school

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Science teaching staff at your school

Percentages range from 0 to 100



SC027

Which of the following types of in-house professional development exist at your school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
The teachers in our school cooperate by exchanging ideas or material when teaching specific units or series of lessons. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school invites specialists to conduct in-service training for teachers. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school organizes in-service workshops which deal with specific issues that our school faces. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school organizes in-service workshops for specific groups of teachers (e.g., newly appointed teachers). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Assessment and Evaluation

SC032

During the last academic year, have any of the following methods been used to monitor the practice of teachers at your school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Tests or assessments of student achievement radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teacher peer review (of lesson plans, assessment instruments, lessons) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Principal or senior staff observations of lessons radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Observation of classes by inspectors or other persons external to the school radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC034

Generally, in your school, how often are students in the 10th grade assessed using the following methods?

(If you need further explanation of the term "standardized tests," please use the help button.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

Standardized tests are consistent in design, content, administration and scoring. Results can be compared across students and schools.

  Never 1-2 times a year 3-5 times a year Monthly More than once a month
Mandatory standardized tests (e.g., state assessment in your state) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Non-mandatory standardized tests (e.g., publicly or commercial available standardized test material like the SAT or ACT) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teacher-developed tests radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers’ judgmental ratings radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC035

In your school, are standardized tests and/or teacher-developed tests of students in 10th grade used for any of the following purposes?

(If you need further explanation of the term "standardized tests," please use the help button.)

(Please select either "yes" or "no" to indicate the use of standardized tests and teacher-developed tests for each of the specified purposes.)

The term standardized tests includes standardised mandatory tests (mandated e.g., by national, state or district authorities) as well as standardized non-mandatory tests (e.g., publicly or commercial available standardized test material). These tests are consistent in design, content, administration and scoring. Results can be compared across students and schools.

  Standardized tests Teacher-developed tests
To guide students' learning select yes or no select yes or no
To inform parents about their child’s progress select yes or no select yes or no
To make decisions about students’ retention or promotion select yes or no select yes or no
To group students for instructional purposes select yes or no select yes or no
To compare the school to district, state, or national performance select yes or no select yes or no
To monitor the school’s progress from year to year select yes or no select yes or no
To make judgments about teachers’ effectiveness select yes or no select yes or no
To identify aspects of instruction or the curriculum that could be improve select yes or no select yes or no
To adapt teaching to the students' needs select yes or no select yes or no
To compare the school with other schools select yes or no select yes or no
To award certificates to students select yes or no select yes or no

SC036

In your school, are achievement data used in any of the following accountability procedures?

Achievement data include aggregated school or grade-level test scores or grades, or graduation rates.

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Achievement data are posted publicly (e.g., in the media). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Achievement data are tracked over time by an administrative authority, such as a district, state, or national education agency. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Achievement data are provided directly to parents. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC037

Do the following arrangements aimed at quality assurance and improvements exist in your school and where do they come from?

(If you need further explanation of the term "internal school evaluation" or "external school evaluation," please use the help button.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

Internal school evaluation: Evaluation as part of a process controlled by a school in which the school defines which areas are judged; the evaluation may be conducted by members of the school or by persons/institutions commissioned by the school.

External school evaluation: Evaluation as part of a process controlled and headed by an external body. The school does not define the areas which are judged.

  Yes, this is mandatory,
e.g., based on district
or state policies
Yes, based on school initiative No
Internal evaluation / Self-evaluation radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
External evaluation radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Written specification of the school’s curricular profile and educational goals radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Written specification of student performance standards radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Systematic recording of data such as teacher or student attendance and professional development radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Systematic recording of student test results and graduation rates radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Seeking written feedback from students (e.g. regarding lessons, teachers or resources) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teacher mentoring radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Regular consultation aimed at school improvement with one or more experts over a period of at least six months radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Implementation of a standardized policy for science subjects (i.e. school curriculum with shared instructional materials accompanied by staff development and training) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC040

Based on your last internal school evaluation results, did your school implement any measures in the following areas?

(If you need further explanation of the term "internal school evaluation," please use the help button.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

Internal school evaluation: Evaluation as part of a process controlled by a school in which the school defines which areas are judged; the evaluation may be conducted by members of the school or by persons/institutions commissioned by the school.

  Yes No, because results were satisfactory No, for other reasons
Educational staff (e.g., workload, personal requirements, qualifications) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Implementation of the curriculum radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Quality of teaching and learning radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Parental engagement in school radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teacher professional development radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Student achievement radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students' cross-curricular competencies radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Equity in school radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC041

Thinking about the last external evaluation in your school. Do the following statements apply?

(If you need further explanation of the term "external school evaluation," please use the help button.)

(Please select one response in each row.)

External school evaluation: Evaluation as part of a process controlled and headed by an external body. The school does not define the areas which are judged.

  Yes No
The results of the external evaluation led to changes in school policies. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We used the data to plan specific action for school development. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We used the data to plan specific action for the improvement of teaching. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
We put measures derived from the results of the external evaluation into practice promptly. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The impetus triggered by the external evaluation "disappeared" very quickly at our school. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

Targeted Groups

SC042

Some schools organize instruction differently for students with different abilities.

What is your school’s policy about this for students in tenth grade?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  For all subjects For some subjects Not for any subject
Students are grouped by ability into different classes. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students are grouped by ability within their classes. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC048

Please estimate the percentage of students at 10th grade in your school who have the following characteristics.

(Please consider that students may fall into multiple categories.)

(Please move the slider to the appropriate percentage.

Students whose heritage language is different from English

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Students with special needs

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Students from socioeconomically disadvantaged homes

Percentages range from 0 to 100



School Climate

SC061

In your school, to what extent is the learning of students hindered by the following phenomena?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Not at all Very little To some extent A lot
Student truancy radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students skipping classes radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students lacking respect for teachers radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Student use of alcohol or illegal drugs radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Students intimidating or bullying other students radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers not meeting individual students’ needs radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teacher absenteeism radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Staff resisting change radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers being too strict with students radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers not being well prepared for classes radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC063

Do the following statements about parental involvement apply to your school?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Our school provides a welcoming and accepting atmosphere
for parents to get involved.
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school designs effective forms of school-to-home and
home-to-school communications about school programs and students' progress.
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school includes parents in school decisions. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school provides information and ideas to families
about how to help students at home with homework and
other curriculum-related activities, decisions, and planning.
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Our school identifies and integrates resources and services
from the community to strengthen school programs, family practices,
and student learning and development.
radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
There is federal, state, or district legislation on including parents in school activities. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC064

During 2014-2015 academic year, what proportion of students’ parents participated in the following school-related activities?

(Please move the slider to the appropriate position. If no parents participated in the activity, please select "0" (zero). Select "100" (one hundred) if all parents participated in the activity.)

Discussed their child’s academic progress with a teacher on their own initiative

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Discussed their child’s academic progress on the initiative of one of their child’s teachers.

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Participated in local school government (e.g., parent teacher association or parent advisory council).

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Volunteered in physical or extra- curricular activities (e.g., building maintenance, carpentry, gardening or yard work, school play, sports, field trip)

Percentages range from 0 to 100



Thank you very much for your cooperation in completing this questionnaire!

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