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"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
"School Closures" Survey Results
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"School Closures" Survey Results

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We conducted a survey in March 2013 to find out how schools and districts were affected by school closures and budget shortfalls. …

We conducted a survey in March 2013 to find out how schools and districts were affected by school closures and budget shortfalls.

Learn more about this survey and find results from other surveys on our website at http://www.schoolimprovement.com/voices-of-education/school-closures-survey/

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  • 1. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK March 2013 SCHOOL CLOSURES SURVEY
  • 2. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK Methodology • Survey sent to educators on March 27, 2013 • 1,452 educators responded – 61% (886) teachers – 13% (188) administrators – Educators working in rural, urban, and suburban schools – Educators working in elementary, middle, and high schools – Educators with years of experience in education from 1 year to 21+ March 2013
  • 3. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 Demographics Years of Experience Professional Position Administrator Teacher Other 13% 61% 26% School Type Elementary (K-5) Middle (6-8) Secondary (9-12) 1st Year 2 to 5 Years 6 to 10 Years 11 to 15 Years 16 to 20 Years 21+ Years 1% 11% 18% 19% 17% 34% School Environment 51% 20% 29% Urban Rural Suburban 44% 27% 29% Percent of Students Classified as Title I 10% Title I 20% Title I 30% Title I 40% Title I 50% Title I 60% Title I 70% Title I 80% Title I 90% Title I 100% Title I 6% 5% 7% 4% 8% 8% 13% 13% 18% 15%
  • 4. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 Key Findings • 21% of educators state that school closures have affected their school • 72% of educators believe school closures are an ineffective way to overcome budget shortfalls • Around the country, 68% of schools are experiencing a budget shortfall • Educators suggest reducing after-school programs to make up for the budget shortfalls rather than closing schools
  • 5. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK SURVEY RESULTS
  • 6. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK GENERAL INFORMATION
  • 7. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 Only 21% of educators state that school closures have affected their school during the previous school year, while 1 in 3 educators’ districts have been affected. Have recent school closures affected your school/district? 100% 79% 66% School District 34% 21% 0% Yes No
  • 8. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK Of the educators who said school closures have affected their districts, 58% responded that the closures impacted their school. “If your district was affected, was your school?” 100% 58% 42% 0% No Yes March 2013
  • 9. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK 72% of educators state that school closures are an ineffective way to alleviate budget problems. “Are school closures an effective solution to alleviate budget shortfalls?” 100% 72% 28% 0% Effective Ineffective March 2013
  • 10. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 55% of educators currently reside in a district or system that is facing a budget shortfall. “Is your district or system facing a budget shortfall?” 100% “What possible solutions have been discussed to make up the shortfall?” Reduce School Staffing 18% Increase Class Size 55% 45% 17% Cut Classroom Supply Budgets or Other Expenses 15% Increase Teacher Workload 11% School Closures 10% Reduce After-School Programs Reduce In-School Programs No 8% Implement Educator Pay Cuts 0% 8% 8% Yes Other 4%
  • 11. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK THE IMPACTS OF SCHOOL CLOSURES
  • 12. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 Only 5% of educators report ever working in a school that was permanently closed. “Have you ever worked at a school that was permanently closed?” 100% 95% 5% 0% No Yes Of schools that permanently closed, 39% had more than 9 out of 10 students classified as Title I.
  • 13. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 44% of educators report teachers were given an opportunity to provide feedback on the decision of whether or not to close the school. 20% of administrators said teacher feedback had an impact on the decision of whether of not to close the school, but only 4% of teachers agreed. "Were teachers given an opportunity to give feedback or suggestions on the decision to close the school?" 100% "Did teacher feedback ultimately have an impact on the closure?" 96% 100% 80% 64% 57% 36% Administrator Teacher 43% 20% 4% 0% 0% Yes No Yes No
  • 14. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 16% of educators have worked at a school that received students from a school that was closed. “Have you ever worked at a school that received additional students from another school that closed?” 100% 84% 7 in 10 (70%) responded that the additional students had a negative impact on school culture. 16% 0% Yes 2 in 3 (67%) responded that this created a negative impact on student performance. No
  • 15. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETW ORK PREVENTION OF SCHOOL CLOSURES
  • 16. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 Rather than closing schools, educators suggest reducing after-school programs or classroom supply budgets to alleviate budget shortfalls. What can be done other than closing schools? Reduce After-School Programs 22% Cut Classroom Supply Budgets or Other Expenses 14% Reduce In-School Programs 13% Cut Administrator Positions/Salary 13% Other 12% Increase Class Size 10% Reduce School Staffing 10% Implement Educator Pay Cuts 3% Increase Teacher Workload 3%
  • 17. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013 2 in 3 educators would take a larger class size to keep schools in their district from closing, and 3 in 4 said they would if their own school were closing. Would you be willing to take a larger class size to keep schools in your school or district from closing? 100% 73% 68% School District 32% 27% 0% No Yes
  • 18. SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT NETWORK March 2013

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