New England Independent and Catholic Schools - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
All surveys are available in English.
The parent survey will be available in additional languages soon.
If you select option A.2 - online plus email administration for parents, we will need a list of all your parent email addresses in order to invite the parents to take the survey. When you choose to have the Endicott Research Center administer parent surveys via email, we take the privacy of those emails very seriously. Please click here to see our email privacy statement.
There is no way to prevent this, although to date after surveying 100´s of schools this has not been an issue in schools 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.
To register your school for a Self Study survey, simply fill out our online contact form. We will be in touch shortly thereafter to 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). When the deadline arrives you can contact us and we can see in the database how many have taken the survey.
If the results are satisfactory (at least 25% 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 us 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... that is: 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.
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 grades 5-12, the entire professional staff, and as many parents as possible (At least 25% is considered satisfactory). One parent of every child in the school regardless of grade should be offered the opportunity to participate in the survey.