In 2015, 38,406 students and 7,957 staff from 28 school disticts participated in the SCCS.
Alaska’s School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) is a statewide survey taken by students and staff that measures:
- How students and staff view their school climate.
- How connected students feel to adults and peers.
- Social and emotional learning (SEL).
- Observed student risk behaviors at school or school events.
Since 2006, over 90% of Alaska school districts have participated in the SCCS. The information gleaned from this anonymous survey has been strengthening our collective efforts to improve schools and ultimately increase student achievement. Districts tell us that they find the survey results useful to gain insights into the interaction and relationships among students and staff to plan for positive change.
For more information on SCCS, contact Jenni Lefing at jlefing©aasb•org (jlefing©aasb•org)
“We so much appreciate AASB’s Climate Survey: we use the data in strategic planning, evaluating leadership, measuring program results, improving school climate, and it’s invaluable to Advisory School Boards in improving community-school relationships.”
– Norm Eck, Superintendent Northwest Arctic Borough
The 2015 survey was taken this past spring by 38,406 students and 7,957 staff from 292 schools in 28 Alaska school districts.
2015 Statewide Highlights Include:
- School Climate linked to Academic Performance: Significant relationships found between student and staff school climate ratings and the percentage of students (from those schools) meeting standards on the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP).
- School Climate & Risk Behaviors: For all measures of school climate for students and staff, the higher the ratings, the fewer student risk behaviors were observed at school or school events. (delinquent behaviors & student drug and alcohol use).
- Increase in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) student ratings from 2010 to 2015.
- First Year Results for grade 3-5 younger student survey
Alaskan Schools: What Matters to Students
AASB Press Release
Building on seven years of its School Climate and Connectedness Survey findings, AASB has released new research delving into what matters to Alaskan students. What makes a school a place where Alaskan students want to be and do well? Why do students stay in school or drop out? What do Alaskan students believe that schools can do to help them succeed?
Through a series of focus groups with about 280 students–engaged and disengaged, rural and urban, Alaska Native and non-Native, middle and high school-aged, and students who have recently dropped out–young people from 26 schools in four districts (Anchorage, Juneau, Lower Kuskokwim, and Yukon-Koyukuk), shared their perspectives on these questions. Some of their answers may surprise you, and findings will certainly be valuable to schools working to keep students engaged.
“These findings suggest that directing change efforts toward improving school climate and community support for youth can result in improvements in youth connectedness to school, improvements in social emotional learning, and reductions in youth risk behaviors.”
– American Institutes for Research, ICE Summative Report, 2009