Why Conduct Surveys?
Assessment and evaluation are an essential part of professional growth for every educator.  In education, knowledge is indeed power—the power to change, improve and serve students better, meet their and their parents’ expectations, make course content more relevant and effective, foster student engagement, and provide educational environments that are safer and more conducive to learning.

From primary school through the graduate-level, teachers need to know the answers to a host of questions.  Is the coursework organized and presented in ways that make it understandable and effective?  Are the school and classroom environments conducive to learning? Are there problems or issues with safety, access, convenience, support or other areas that should be addressed? Does a teacher’s instructional style or interaction with students encourage or inhibit learning, and how might it improve? Is the teacher making good use of technology and other resources? How do parent perceive the teacher and the education their children receive?

Of equal importance, administrators operate more effectively when they are in tune with faculty members.  Are teachers getting enough support from the administration?  Are there safety or other issues that affect students or teachers’ ability to teach? Are technology and other resources adequate to support the institution’s objectives? Where can funding be allocated to needs like professional development? 

The answers to these questions enable faculty and administrators to create and implement the changes and improvements that improve the educational environment and yield genuine, meaningful outcomes.

Surveys serve as important tools for reaching out to teachers, students, parents and other key audiences to assess a wide range of issues.  Using surveys designed for specific groups and topics, you can gather focused feedback that helps identify where faculty members are succeeding or need to improve, learning issues, opinions on course content and other information.  Additional surveys help you assess faculty sentiments about matters such as compensation, professional development, safety and the school administration.  The survey data helps both administrators and faculty plan and design curriculum, improve teacher performance and interpersonal skills, encourage greater student engagement, determine faculty perceptions of the administration and the working environment of the school, improve faculty satisfaction, and other areas vital to success.

You can utilize many types of surveys to reach out to important audiences and gather feedback. 

Click on sample surveys to take a look at a variety of templates you can use to design a survey that meets your feedback requirements.

Click on case history to read about the ways educators use surveys as an integrated measurement, evaluation and improvement tool.