West Linn-Wilsonville School District uses survey to understand students' social-emotional skills
In the next few weeks, students across the West Linn-Wilsonville School District will take part in a survey that sheds light on youth social and emotional learning skills.
For the past two years, all schools in the district have taken part in what is called the Panorama Survey, according to Director of Communications Andrew Kilstrom. He said the survey has provided the district with helpful data.
The survey is nationally recognized in measuring students' social-emotional skills, and what resources the district needs to provide for the student body to succeed. Social-emotional learning gauges students' mindsets, attitudes and feelings that correspond with their school and home life.
"The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on social awareness, growth mindset, school climate, sense of belonging and teacher-student relationships," Katie Flacker, Cedaroak Park Elementary School's counselor, said in a letter to families.
Questions on the survey range from "How well do people at your school understand you as a person?" to "If you fail to reach an important goal, how likely are you to try again?"
"The Panorama (has) provided district administrators and teachers with incredibly valuable data," Lauren Brigsby, the district's director of student services, said in an email to Pamplin Media Group.
Other questions on the survey focus on relationships, safety and curriculum, and students will also be asked about how teachers provide feedback or introduce new information.
Data taken from the surveys will help to teach staff to identify areas where curriculum can be improved. Kilstrom said the West Linn-Wilsonville staff have been able to take insights gained from the survey in planning for upcoming academic years.
"Teaching staff used insights gained from the most recent Panorama Survey in planning for this school year," Brigsby said. "Through this survey, we were able to hear directly from students about their social emotional skills, like growth mindset, self-awareness and self-management skills. In addition, we gained valuable insights into students' feelings about school climate and culture."
The results from the survey will be documented by the school district but students' responses will be anonymous and processed through a third-party vendor. If a student does not understand a question, they will be allowed to skip it.
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