Dallas ISD Climate Survey Mostly Good News for District

Nearly 85 percent of teachers filled out the survey

DISDSurvey
The fall 2014 DISD “campus climate” survey was just released, and as you can see from the chart above (click to embiggen), the top-line numbers reveal mostly good news for the district. A whopping 85 percent of teachers filled it out. I know this isn’t what you’d expect if you subscribe to the local media narrative, but it doesn’t surprise me that much. A friend was talking to two DISD assistant principals yesterday, and both said that Miles had been much better this year about communicating with and listening to campus leadership. But, you know, you can choose to ignore this and wallow in the status-quo muck if you so desire. Free country. Here are the full results, btw.

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Comments

  • roger_that

    Interesting stuff about discipline and unruliness, and also that embiggen is considered a real word.

  • ellie mayhem

    You forgot to.mention the fact that the district is now full of thousands of novice teachers who are struggling to maintain a classroom and haven’t caught onto the absurdity of the Miles regime. The two and four percent increases aren’t all that earth shattering.

  • Bill Betzen

    How can the recent climate survey within DISD be considered a positive when you factor in the massive staff turnover, especially in the teaching core?

    The climate survey was done 11-1-14 through 11-16-14. As of 11-1-14 there were 2,241 DISD teachers who had less than 3 months teaching time within DISD. (http://schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com/2014/10/tenured-teachers-leaving-dallas-isd-8.html )

    In other words, over 2,241 of the teachers who had taken last year’s survey were now gone. Do you think they had been some of the more negative ones last year? Would you not think that the 2,241 brand new employees would be more positive? Then why were there less than 400 more positive answers? What happened?

    Two possibilities:
    1) DISD cannot screen better for teachers with a more positive attitude and the new staff turned negative very fast, or
    2) Remaining staff who had been positive turned negative.

    Which is it? How can either of these alternatives be a positive?