I have written often here about the importance of measuring what matters, and treating the data seriously; I have also written here about the value of the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE), which has been called an idea to save the world in the Atlantic Monthly. At my behest as the incoming head, St. Gregory administered the HSSSE for the first time last spring, and we now have these results to share with readers.
Inside the powerpoint are a series of 20 graphs, representing our results in about 50 different criteria, with, in every case, our average compared to the average of the respondents nationally who participated. The national respondent base represents over 100 diverse schools, private and public, urban, suburban and rural. (we believe there is a slight self-selection bias, that schools more committed than average to promoting student engagement are more likely to participate in the survey!). For each set of questions, two graphs are provided: the first compares averages for the one “top” option (among four), the “Often” or “Agree strongly” option. The second compares the averages for the top two options (among four): the often and sometimes, or the agree strongly and agree simply.
I also am providing (after the jump)a table of the categories of greatest difference; those where our students reported much stronger engagement than their national peers (there were NO categories where St. Gregory students reported lesser engagement).
Meanwhile, we are also analyzing the results to identify areas which we as a faculty wish to target for improvement in the years to come, a list I will provide at some time in the future.
|St. Gregory||National Avg.||Difference|
|Written paper more than five pages: Often||51||17||34|
|Written paper more than five pages: Often and Sometimes||94||51||43|
|I place a high value on learning: Strong agreement||63||35||28|
|I am motivated by teacher encouragement: Strong agreement||45||19||26|
|I see how my school work will apply after school: strong agreement||46||24||22|
|In general, I am excited about my classes: strong and simple agreement||79||56||23|
|School emphasizes analyzing ideas in depth: very much||61||28||33|
|School emphasizes exploring new ideas: very much||54||27||27|
|School contributed to growth of writing effectively: Very much||67||35||32|
|I spend more than 6 hours a week on school activities: Agreement||48||31||17|
|I feel safe at school: Strong Agreement||65||20||45|
|I feel safe at school: strong and simple agreement||96||79||17|
|Adults at this school want me to succeed: Strong agreement||57||26||31|
|Teachers try to engage me in classroom discussions: strong agreement||47||17||30|
|I am academically challenged by my classwork: strong agreement||50||20||30|
|I have opportunities to be creative in the classroom: strong agreement||43||17||26|