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District of Columbia

School Climate Surveys

School Climate Surveys

State law, regulation, or district policy encourages districts to administer school climate surveys.

Code of the District of Columbia 38–2602. Responsibilities.


  • (A) Beginning in school year 2016-2017 and continuing through school year 2019-2020, implement a pilot program at select District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools for collecting school climate data through school climate surveys.
  • (B) Pursuant to the pilot program, participating District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools, in conjunction with OSSE, shall annually issue a school climate survey to enrolled students in grades 7-10, school-based personnel, and the parents or legal guardians of enrolled students in grades 7-10.
  • (C) Based on the survey data obtained pursuant to the pilot program described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, OSSE shall annually analyze school climate in the District and report its findings to the Mayor and the Council no later than October 1 following the school year in which the climate data was collected. Each annual report shall include an analysis of school climate data in light of participating schools’ student demographics, to be measured, at a minimum, by students’:
    • (i) Race or ethnicity;
    • (ii) Gender;
    • (iii) Status as an English language learner;
    • (iv) Status as a student with an individualized education program;
    • (v) Status as an at-risk student, as defined by § 38-2901(2A); and
    • (vi) Sexual orientation.
  • (D) By December 1, 2019, OSSE shall submit to the Council a plan to expand school climate surveys to all District of Columbia public schools and public charter schools serving any grade 6-12, beginning in school year 2020-2021.
  • (E) For the purposes of this paragraph, the term “school climate survey” means a comprehensive Internet-based survey platform designed to be implemented by local education agencies to collect data from students, parents, and school staff on 3 key domains of school climate:
    • (i) Engagement, including cultural and linguistic competence, relationships, and participation;
    • (ii) Safety, including emotional safety, physical safety, bullying and cyberbullying, substance use, and emergency readiness and management; and
    • (iii) Environment, including physical environment, instructional environment, physical health, mental health, and discipline.
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