CMS is getting ready to administer the annual school climate and culture survey called Conditions For Learning to students in grades 6-8.
Part of this survey is informing all CMS parents/guardians which includes them receiving a letter in the mail between Friday, April 12 and Wednesday, April 17, 2019.
All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.
Iowa measures conditions for learning by asking the real experts each year – STUDENTS. This is their chance to make their voice heard, and we intend to listen. Studies have shown this work matters. Improving skills such as solving problems, working out conflict, and working with other people in a group has led to double-digit increases on achievement test scores, improved classroom behavior and improved attitudes.
We will ask your child to simply fill out a confidential, anonymous survey. The Survey will focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. A high rate of participation by students in completing the Conditions for Learning Survey is important for obtaining the most complete school climate data for our school. Support from you in communicating to your students that this is their chance to be heard and to be part of the effort to improve conditions for learning at their school is critical.
Your child can refuse to take the survey, stop at any time, or not answer all of the questions without any consequence. A copy of the survey will be available at your child’s school for review. If you do not wish your child/children to participate in the survey, please complete and sign a Written Refusal Form for each student and return it to their school office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
Please download any one of the following documents for additional information about the survey: