Spring 2006 Needs Assessment Survey

The Colleton County School District is gathering data concerning possible staff development activities for the upcoming school year as well as the effectiveness past staff development. This survey has been designed to only take a few minutes to complete.
Relevant professional development is necessary for continued growth. It is the expectation that workshops and other types of staff development will result in the improvement of classroom instruction thereby positively impacting student achievement. Workshops provide only a starting point for change. Follow-up training and on-site professional development are necessary to produce sustained changes in classroom instruction.

Please call (or e-mail) Bob Pence or Cathy Turner if you have any questions concerning this survey.


First Name:       Last Name:

School/Site*:      Position:  
*-If you serve more than one school, please only fill out this form for one of your schools.

Which grade(s) do you work with (choose all that apply)?
Pre-K K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th


Part I: Staff Development

Are you willing to attend staff development during the summer?  Yes  No

       If yes, which week during the summer is best for you?   
       If yes, what would be your first choice on the length of the staff development?   
       If yes, what would be your second choice on the length of the staff development?   
       If yes, how many hours per week can your give?   


What are your top 5 staff development needs in priority order?

         Number 1 Priority
         Number 2 Priority
         Number 3 Priority
         Number 4 Priority
         Number 5 Priority

Please list any other staff development needs that you feel are necessary and that were not one of the options listed above? You may also use this field if you want to be more specific about a selection above.

       


Based on the student data, what are the greatest 3 areas of need in relation to the content standards and student performance?

       
       
       

Please use the box below to list and explain any concerns or needs you may have as a result of the school district's adoption of the Anderson V curriculum.

       

Please use the box below to make any comments you feel pertinent concerning the delivery of staff development in our district?

       


Part II: Title II Teacher Quality Questions

Would offering a signing bonus, merit pay, reimbursement for PRAXIS and other financial incentives attract highly qualified teachers and administrators?  Yes  No

Would offering professional development and/or free courses assist in retaining highly qualified teachers?  Yes  No

Would the expansion of the teacher support system, such as new teacher mentoring, help retain teachers?  Yes  No

Would coaching activities, such as test taking skills, help new teachers pass the PRAXIS?  Yes  No

Would it be beneficial to send recruiters to colleges, job fairs, etc. to recruit highly qualified and critical needs teachers?  Yes  No

Would the effectiveness of newly hired teachers be improved if they were given an orientation about the details of the operations of the school, grading, technology, etc.?  Yes  No

Would it be effective to periodically dismiss students early to enable teachers to have extra time for staff development?  Yes  No

Would offering a differential pay schedule attract and retain highly qualified professionals? For example, master teacher, mentor teacher or teachers in critical needs areas?  Yes  No

Would additional equipment and technology assist in the improvement of student achievement?  Yes  No

Please use the box below to express your opinion as to what is the greatest need to improve your students achievement.

       

Is there a need for providing assistance to students with limited English proficiency?  Yes  No

Would offering courses in content areas for paraprofessionals improve their effectiveness in working with students?  Yes  No

Would offering tutorial assistance help students succeed academically?  Yes  No


Part III: Needs Assessment

The following items relate to last year's needs assessment survey or Colleton County School District's strategic plan. Your response will assist us in determining the effectiveness in meeting staff development needs in the district and schools as identified by the teachers. Read each statement, then choose the most appropriate response based on your knowledge and participation in staff development.


1. Effective classroom discipline and management strategies were identified as the number one staff development need. Rate the quality of this staff development.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

2. Closing the achievement gap was identified as the number two staff development need. Rate the quality of this staff development.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

3. Brain-based teaching and learning was identified by last year's staff development survey as one of the top staff development priorities. Rate the quality of this staff development.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

4. Differentiated instruction was identified by last year's staff development survey as one of the top staff development priorities. Rate the quality of this staff development.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

5. Writing in the content area was identified by last year's staff development survey as one of the top staff development priorities. Rate the quality of this staff development.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

In 2005-06, the district purchased TestView software with the intent of providing a tool that would assist teachers in creating academic plans, tracking standardized test scores, and tracking groups of students. Questions 6 - 9 deal with this purchase. Rate the effectiveness of these TestView features.

6. Creation of reports to track student test scores.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not use this feature
      Not aware of this feature
      Aware of and would like more training in the use of this feature

7. Development of academic plans.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not use this feature
      Not aware of this feature
      Aware of and would like more training in the use of this feature

8. Student grouping reports to track effectiveness of instruction/programs.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not use this feature
      Not aware of this feature
      Aware of and would like more training in the use of this feature

9. Use of TestView information in parent conferences.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective
      Did not use the information

10. The district purchased Tests for Higher Standards (Flanagan) to assist teachers in the development of tests and activities that include PACT like questions. Rate your use of these questions.
      Regular basis
      A limited basis
      Need more training
      Not aware of this software

11. The district has purchased communication software (InTouch and the Automated Dialer) for every school in the district with the intent of keeping parents and teachers informed of student absences, school events, and general announcements. Rate the effectiveness of this initiative.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective

12. The district's strategic plan states that ongoing staff development will be provided on researched best practices to include Explicit Direct Instruction, active learning, and differentiated instruction. Rate the quality of this staff development.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

13. The district's strategic plan states that the district will use data to guide instructional decisions. Rate your experience with data.
      Data provided and used
      Data provided but not useful in classroom instruction
      Data not provided
      Data provided but was not used

14. The district's strategic plan states that teachers will be provided staff development in the manipulation and analysis of data. Rate the quality of the staff development at your school in the area of data analysis.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Aware of, but did not participate
      Was not aware of this staff development

15. The strategic plan calls for the implementation of leadership teams at each school. The intent of this is to improve internal communications and provide administration with greater insight into the needs of the students, staff, and the school. Rate the quality of your school leadership team.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective
      Unaware of a school leadership team

16. Weekly common planning time is provided to teachers during student special area time. Indicate its usefulness below.
      Very useful
      Somewhat useful
      Have common planning time but don't meet during this time
      Do not have common planning time

17. Early dismissal days are provided once a month for staff development and/or collaboration. Indicate their usefulness below.
      Very useful
      Somewhat useful
      Don't meet during this time
      Waste of instructional time

18. The strategic plan states that technology will compliment and supplement classroom instruction. Rate your school's technology.
      Usually able to use technology when needed
      Sometimes able to use technology when needed
      Unable to use technology when needed
      My lesson plans do not include the use of technology

19. My biggest hurdle in using technology to compliment and supplement instruction is...
      Accessibility of computers
      Appropriate software for my subject area
      Adequate training to use technology such as computers, streaming video, etc.
      I do not have any interest in using technology to support instruction

20. The strategic plan identifies positive home-school communications as an important way of improving parental involvement. Indicate your amount of positive parent contact.
      I've made "positive parent contact" with 85 to 100 percent of my students' parents
      I've made "positive parent contact" with 75 to 84 percent of my students' parents
      I've made "positive parent contact" with 65 to 74 percent of my students' parents
      I've made "positive parent contact" with less than 64 percent of my students' parents

21. The strategic plan identifies home visits as a way to improve home-school relations. Choose the best response that describes the number of home visits you made this school year.
      I've visited 50% or more of my students' homes
      I've visited less than 50% of my students' homes
      I have not made any home visits

22. Assuming teachers would be more willing to make home visits if support were given. Which support do you think would encourage teachers to make home visits?
      Someone to accompany the teacher
      Compensation for my time.
      Limited number of visits with specific students
      All of the above
      I am not willing to make home visits.

23. To encourage parental support of instruction, the strategic plan calls for schools to host such activities as Math-Science Nights, parent literacy workshops, parenting workshops, PTO, etc. Which phrase best describes your level of involvement?
      Attended most activities
      Attended a limited number of activities
      Attended none
      Attendance was not expected

24. To encourage parental support of instruction, the strategic plan calls for schools to host such activities as Math-Science Nights, parent literacy workshops, parenting workshops, PTO, etc. Rate the quality of these activities at your school.
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective
      No activities held

25. Character education was identified as a focus for providing a safe learning environment. How would you rate the character education at your school?
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Has been planned to start next year
      Don't have one

26. The district supported a Curriculum Instructional Facilitator and District Instructional Facilitator programs for each elementary and middle school. DIFs or CIFs provided assistance with improving instruction by presenting staff development programs, modeling lessons, observing classes, providing information, and being generally supportive. Rate the effectiveness of this initiative.
      I am NOT a middle or elementary school teacher
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective

27. The district has coordinated the purchase of instructional software specifically for middle and elementary schools such as Orchard (or other software programs) to support data driven instruction, remediation, and assessment. Rate the effectiveness of this initiative.
      I am NOT a middle or elementary school teacher
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective
      Was not aware of these programs

To improve timeliness of parent communication about grades, the district has expected the middle school teachers to use InteGrade Pro to enable the schools to use InTouch to communicate grades and other information to parents.

28. Estimate how often you input grades into the computer.
      I am NOT a middle school teacher
      Once a week
      Once a month
      Whenever I can but not on a regular basis

29. This school year InTouch was installed at each middle school to keep parents better informed. Rate the effectiveness of this parent communication tool.
      I am NOT a middle school teacher
      Very effective
      Somewhat effective
      Not effective
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