NEASC Commission on International Education & The Council of International Schools
Self Study Survey Frequently Asked Questions
Besides English, The Parent survey is available in the following languages:
- Chinese (Simplified)
- Chinese (Traditional)
- Portuguese (Brazil)
Student, Past Student, Staff and Board surveys are only available in English. The text versions of all NEASC/CIS surveys are available for translation purposes on the Survey Resources page of our website.
Text versions of the surveys are available for review purposes only on the Survey Resources page. Please note that this text version is not suitable for distribution or data collection.
Each school´s data on its own is confidential. We are not at liberty to share the results of particular schools. However, an annual aggregate report will be available for an additional fee. Please keep in mind that this is merely an aggregate of school data over a single academic year, which does not act as a benchmark. We also encourage schools to compare their results against their own Mission Statement, stated standards, and objectives, or to their own results from previous surveys.
When using registration option A (one survey access code for each respondent group), there is no way to prevent this. Although to date, after surveying over 700 schools (over 200,000 students, over 48,000 faculty members, and over 100,000 parents) this has not been an issue as far as we know. Our suggestion is that students be monitored and not given the survey code. A teacher could read the code, which is typically 8 digits. If a mischievous student wanted to remember the code and take the survey multiple times they could; just as a mischievous student (or parent with an agenda) could collect more than one paper survey and slip them into a pile. There are a few things to keep in mind. When the process is finished we will know exactly how many respondents in each group have taken the survey. If you have 1000 students and 1200 have taken the survey we will know there has been a problem. Also, a student (or parent) would have to take the survey many many times to have a statistically significant impact on the results.
When using registration option B (surveys administered by ERC via email), there is no way for an individual to take a survey more than once. You provide ERC with a list of email addresses for the entire population of each respondent group (students, faculty & staff, parents, board, alumni). ERC sends automated emails to all invitees with a unique login link for every person. ERC keeps track of who has completed the survey so that they cannot take it again, as well as who has not completed the survey and sends reminders to those invitees, or has done a portion of the survey without completing it and sends reminders to those invitees. We provide you with access to an online portal which shows you how many respondents you have received from each group so you can track when your school is done. This administration option provides total security by tracking exactly who has and hasn't participated in the survey. This administration option is more expensive than the access code admin version, so we provide both options to allow schools to select what is best for them.
To register your school for a Self Study survey, simply send an email directly to our project manager, Judi Sabella (firstname.lastname@example.org). Judi will email you a link to our online registration form. Once completed, you will receive instructions on how to administer the survey at your school.
It takes about 15 minutes to take each survey except for the professional staff survey, which takes approximately 25 minutes to complete.
The Endicott Research Center recommends a two-week window from the beginning to the end for the survey taking process. Once all respondent groups have completed the surveys and you have notified us, access will then be closed.
You should set a window for taking the survey if it is not happening completely under your control. (for example: parents taking the survey at home.) In your cover letter, indicate a deadline for finishing the survey (a two week window seems to work for most schools). We will provide you with online access to see how many have taken the survey in real time. If the results are satisfactory (15-20% for parents), then we can process the results. If not, you can get the word out to parents that you are extending the deadline for another week to generate more participation. We recommend only doing that once. Alternatively, you can simply set a deadline and adhere to it.
The raw data file is available by request for an additional fee. Please contact Judi Sabella (email@example.com) to request your data file. The file will be emailed, depending on the size of the file (more respondents means a larger file and the email server has a limit on the size of file it will allow). If the file is too large to email, it will be hosted online at a secure site where you can then download it.
One parent of every child in the school should be offered the opportunity to participate in the survey. This includes parents of students who are too young to take the survey themselves.
The professional staff survey is for everyone in a school who is part of the professional staff, certification level and above. This includes teachers, building administrators, certified guidance personnel, certified media services, and any other certified staff such as social workers, etc.
All students and professional staff are expected to take the survey. It is also expected that all parents have the opportunity to take the survey.
Student grades or year groups 5-13.
Your school will receive an invoice from the Endicott Research Center the month following submission of your completed survey order to The Endicott Research Center. (for example if you submit a registration form on October 1st, you will be invoiced in the month of November).
The survey should be taken by all students (Year Groups 5-13), the entire professional staff, and as many parents as possible (15-20% is considered satisfactory). One parent of every child in the school regardless of grade should be offered the opportunity to participate in the survey.