There are three separate surveys:  Student, Teacher/Staff, and Home.  Schools can choose to survey one, two, or three populations.  Whereas the Teacher/Staff and Home surveys are appropriate for all grade levels, the Student survey is for grades 3-12.


Surveys are available to be used on an annual basis.  Schools are invited to participate in October, and the staff survey is administered later in the fall.  Student and Home surveys are administered in January – February, and data summary reports are returned to schools in May.


Student surveys are available in two formats: a computer-scorable Scantron form OR an online survey.

Teacher/Staff surveys can only be completed on-line with a computer.

Home surveys are available in two formats: a computer-scorable Scantron form OR an online survey.  It is recommended that the online survey only be used in schools where electronic correspondence is established for all families to ensure equal access.  The Home version is also available in Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Are there additional resources?

Each year a workshop is held in May to support schools to understand and interpret their data reports.  Schools are guided through use of the “Steps for Interpreting School Reports.”

See the School Climate Data Workshop – Statewide Data Overview for the 2015-16 workshop presentation.

A published study by Bear, Gaskins, Blank, and Chen (2011) in the Journal of School Psychology provided strong evidence of the construct and concurrent validity and the reliability of the Delaware School Climate Survey-Student.

Bear, G.G., Gaskins, C., Blank, J., & Chen, F.F. (2011). Delaware School Climate – Student: Its Factor Structure, Concurrent Validity, and Reliability. Journal of School Psychology, 49, 157-174