School Questionnaire – English

Instructions

Dear school administrator,

Thank you for participating in this study.

This questionnaire asks for information about:

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

This information will help 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 of the information you provide may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151).

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)

SC013

Is your school a public or a private school?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedA public school

radio button uncheckedA private school

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

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 systems) 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 systems) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC161

Who has the main responsibility for career guidance of students in 10th grade at your school?

(Please select all that apply.)

checkbox uncheckedNot applicable, career guidance is not available in this school.

checkbox uncheckedAll teachers share the responsibility for career guidance.

checkbox uncheckedSpecific teachers have the main responsibility for career guidance.

checkbox uncheckedWe have one or more specific career guidance counselors employed at school.

checkbox uncheckedWe have one or more specific career guidance counselors who regularly visit the school.

SC162

If career guidance is available at your school, which of the statements below best describes the situation for students in 10th grade?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedCareer guidance is sought voluntarily by students.

radio button uncheckedCareer guidance is formally scheduled into students’ time at school.

SC155

To what extent do you agree with the following statements about your school’s capacity to enhance learning and teaching using digital devices?

(Please select one response in each row.)

(Please think of different kinds of digital devices such as desktop computers, portable laptops, tablet computers or interactive whiteboards)

  Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
The number of digital devices connected to the Internet is sufficient. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The school’s Internet bandwidth or speed is sufficient. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The number of digital devices for instruction is sufficient. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Digital devices at the school are sufficiently powerful in terms of computing capacity. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The availability of adequate software is sufficient. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers have the necessary technical and pedagogical skills to integrate digital devices into their instruction. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers have sufficient time to prepare lessons that integrate digital devices. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Effective professional resources for teachers to learn how to use digital devices are available. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
An effective online learning support platform is available. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Teachers are provided with incentives to integrate digital devices into their teaching. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
The school has sufficient qualified technical assistant staff. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC156

Does your school have any of the following?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
Its own written statement about the use of digital devices radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Its own written statement specifically about the use of digital devices for pedagogical purposes radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A program to use digital devices for teaching and learning in specific subjects radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Regular discussions with teaching staff about the use of digital devices for pedagogical purposes radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A specific program to prepare students for responsible internet behavior radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A specific policy about using social networks (Facebook, etc.) in teaching and learning radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
A specific program to promote collaboration on the use of digital devices among teachers radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Scheduled time for teachers to meet to share, evaluate or develop instructional materials and approaches that employ digital devices radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC011

We are interested in the options parents have when choosing a school for their children.

Which of the following statements best describes the schooling available to students in your location?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedThere are two or more other schools in this area that compete for our students.

radio button uncheckedThere is one other school in this area that competes for our students.

radio button uncheckedThere are no other schools in this area that compete for our students.

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

SC042

Some schools organize instruction differently for students with different abilities.

What is your school’s policy about this for students in 10th 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

SC154

In your school, are standardized tests of students in 10th grade used for any of the following purposes?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
To guide students’ learning radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To inform parents about their child’s progress radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To make decisions about students’ retention or promotion radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To group students for instructional purposes radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To compare the school to district, state, or national performance radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To monitor the school’s progress from year to year radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To make judgments about teachers’ effectiveness radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To identify aspects of instruction or the curriculum that could be improved radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To adapt teaching to the students’ needs radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To compare the school with other schools radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
To award certificates to students radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

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 English/language arts (i.e., school curriculum with shared instructional materials accompanied by staff development and training) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC166

To what extent do the following statements reflect an opinion shared by your teaching staff?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Shared among none or almost none of them Shared among some of them Shared among many of them Shared among all or almost all of them
It is important for students to learn that people from other cultures can have different values. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Respecting other cultures is something that students should learn as early as possible. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
In the classroom, it is important that students of different origins recognize the similarities that exist between them. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
When there are conflicts between students of different origins, they should be encouraged to resolve their arguments by finding common ground. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

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
Students not being attentive 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

SC002

As of February 1, 2018, 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

SC048

Please estimate the percentage of students in the 10th grade at 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



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 an Internet connection are available for teachers in your school?

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

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



SC159

Does your school host visiting teachers from other countries?

(Please select only one response.)

radio button uncheckedYes

radio button uncheckedNo

SC003

What is the average size of English/language arts classes in the 10th grade at 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

SC053

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
Book club radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Debate club or debating activities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Art club or art activities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Sports teams or sports activities radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Lectures and/or seminars (e.g., guest speakers such as writers or journalists) radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Collaboration with local libraries radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Collaboration with local newspapers radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC150

Does your school offer any of the following options to students in 10th grade whose heritage language is not English?

(Please select one response in each row.)

  Yes No
These students attend regular classes and receive additional periods of instruction aimed at developing English/language arts skills (e.g., reading literacy, grammar, vocabulary, communication). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Before transferring to regular classes, these students attend a preparatory program aimed at developingEnglish/language arts skills (e.g., reading literacy, grammar, vocabulary, communication). radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Before transferring to regular classes, these students receive some instruction in school subjects through their heritage language. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
These students receive significant amounts of instruction in their heritage language aimed at developing proficiency in both languages. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked
Class size is reduced to cater to the special needs of these students. radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

SC164

In the last full academic year, what proportion of students in your school’s final grade left school without a diploma or alternative credential (e.g., a GED)?

(A diploma or alternative credential allows students to enter post-secondary destinations such as university, technical, further or vocational education, apprenticeships or employment.)

(Please move the slider to the appropriate percentage. Select “0” (zero) if no students left without such a certificate.)

Percentages range from 0 to 100



SC064

During 2017-2018 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



SC152

Does your school offer additional English/language arts lessons apart from English/language arts lessons offered during the usual school hours?

(Please select one response.)

radio button uncheckedYes

radio button uncheckedNo

SC160

What is the purpose of these additional English/language arts lessons?

(Please select only one response.)

radio button uncheckedEnrichment English only

radio button uncheckedRemedial English only

radio button uncheckedBoth enrichment English and remedial English

radio button uncheckedWithout differentiation depending on the prior achievement level of the students

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
Peer-to-peer tutoring radio button unchecked radio button unchecked

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

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