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  % Agree
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS 2014) (91.57% responded)
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS 2013) (90.96% responded)
Pittsburgh Public Schools
PPS 2014
Pittsburgh Public Schools
PPS 2013
 

Time

Q2.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about the use of time in your school.
a. Class sizes are reasonable such that teachers have the time available to meet the needs of all students. 52.8% 52.6%
b. Teachers have time available to collaborate with colleagues. 64.1% 61.5%
c. Teachers are allowed to focus on educating students with minimal interruptions. 61.6% 60.3%
d. The non-instructional time provided for teachers in my school is sufficient. 63.6% 61.1%
e. Efforts are made to minimize the amount of routine paperwork teachers are required to do. 56.6% 61.7%
f. Teachers have sufficient instructional time to meet the needs of all students. 65.9% 63.7%
g. Teachers are protected from duties that interfere with their essential role of educating students. 71.9% 72.7%
Q2.4 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about the use of time in your school.
a. Paraprofessionals have sufficient time during the work day to complete assigned duties. 77.2% 73.4%
b. Paraprofessionals are compensated for additional time worked beyond contracted hours. 49.3% 50.0%
c. Paraprofessionals are provided time to attend appropriate school meetings. 75.8% 71.8%
d. Paraprofessionals are provided time to meet with colleagues with similar responsibilities to collaborate and learn from each other. 53.5% 52.8%
e. The schedule paraprofessionals are expected to work is reasonable. 87.3% 84.4%
f. Paraprofessionals are protected from additional duties that make completing assigned duties difficult. 58.6% 61.1%
 

Facilities and Resources

Q3.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about your school facilities and resources.
a. Teachers have sufficient access to appropriate instructional materials. 76.9% 78.9%
b. Teachers have sufficient access to instructional technology, including computers, printers, software and internet access. 67.8% 66.0%
c. Teachers have access to reliable communication technology, including phones, faxes and email. 78.4% 80.5%
d. Teachers have sufficient access to office equipment and supplies such as copy machines, paper, pens, etc. 78.9% 80.1%
e. Teachers have sufficient access to a broad range of professional support personnel. 74.1% 75.5%
f. The school environment is clean and well maintained. 73.6% 71.5%
g. Teachers have adequate space to work productively. 85.3% 84.1%
h. The physical environment of classrooms in this school supports teaching and learning. 85.4% 82.3%
i. The reliability and speed of Internet connections in this school are sufficient to support instructional practices. 63.4% 64.3%
Q3.2 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about your school facilities and resources.
a. Paraprofessionals have sufficient access to appropriate resources to do their job well. 73.8% 70.6%
b. Paraprofessionals have access to reliable communication technology, including phones, faxes and email. 72.2% 69.3%
c. Paraprofessionals have adequate space to work productively. 70.4% 64.3%
d. This school has a sufficient number of paraprofessionals to operate effectively. 55.1% 49.4%
e. The school environment is clean and well maintained. 69.5% 73.1%
 

Community Support and Involvement

Q4.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about community support and involvement in your school.
a. Parents/guardians are influential decision makers in this school. 63.4% 63.6%
b. This school maintains clear, two-way communication with parents/guardians and the community. 86.1% 87.1%
c. This school does a good job of encouraging parent/guardian involvement. 89.6% 88.6%
d. Teachers provide parents/guardians with useful information about student learning. 95.4% 94.3%
e. Parents/guardians know what is going on in this school. 79.8% 80.9%
f. Parents/guardians support teachers, contributing to their success with students. 68.2% 66.8%
g. Community members support teachers, contributing to their success with students. 77.1% 76.0%
h. The community we serve is supportive of this school. 77.9% 78.6%
Q4.2 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about community support and involvement in your school.
a. This school does a good job of encouraging parent/guardian involvement. 88.4% 86.8%
b. Parents/guardians know what is going on in this school. 83.9% 84.4%
c. Parents/guardians support paraprofessionals. 82.4% 77.0%
d. Community members support paraprofessionals. 78.9% 79.5%
e. The community we serve is supportive of this school. 84.4% 85.9%
 

Managing Student Conduct

Q5.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about managing student conduct in your school.
a. Students at this school understand expectations for their conduct. 73.8% 71.9%
b. Students at this school follow rules of conduct. 52.0% 49.6%
c. Policies and procedures about student conduct are clearly understood by the faculty. 77.2% 74.0%
d. School administrators consistently enforce rules for student conduct. 60.0% 57.7%
e. School administrators support teachers' efforts to maintain discipline in the classroom. 73.0% 71.9%
f. Teachers consistently enforce rules for student conduct. 74.1% 71.5%
g. The faculty work in a school environment that is safe. 81.7% 80.3%
h. Teachers talk to students about their lives outside of school. 94.5% 94.6%
i. Students treat peers with respect in this school. 57.1% 55.4%
j. Options exist to allow classroom instruction to continue when problem behavior occurs. 72.6% 69.8%
k. A process (i.e. team) exists for behavior support planning and problem solving. 78.8% 76.2%
Q5.2 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about managing student conduct in your school.
a. Students at this school understand expectations for their conduct. 69.9% 76.9%
b. Students at this school follow rules of conduct. 53.8% 48.4%
c. Policies and procedures about student conduct are clearly understood by the faculty. 78.0% 81.7%
d. Paraprofessionals are supported in their efforts to enforce rules for student conduct 76.7% 78.4%
 

Teacher Leadership

Q6.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about teacher leadership in your school.
a. Teachers are recognized as educational experts. 83.1% 81.5%
b. Teachers are trusted to make sound professional decisions about instruction. 83.0% 81.7%
c. Teachers are relied upon to make decisions about educational issues. 82.0% 82.0%
d. Teachers are encouraged to participate in school leadership roles. 90.1% 88.9%
e. The faculty has an effective process for making group decisions to solve problems. 74.7% 71.2%
f. In this school we take steps to solve problems. 80.9% 78.2%
g. Teachers are effective leaders in this school. 86.7% 83.7%
Q6.3 Teachers have an appropriate level of influence on decision making in this school. 65.2% 62.2%
Q6.4 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about teacher leadership in your school.
a. Paraprofessionals are respected as professionals. 74.7% 69.5%
b. Paraprofessionals are trusted to make sound professional decisions about their work. 78.2% 76.4%
c. Paraprofessionals are involved in decision making about issues that directly impact their jobs. 60.6% 58.3%
d. Paraprofessionals are involved in decision making—informally or formally (i.e. participation on the school improvement team)—that directly impact the school. 62.3% 57.1%
e. In this school we take steps to solve problems. 81.0% 76.0%
f. Paraprofessionals have an appropriate level of influence on decision making in this school. 58.1% 57.0%
 

School Leadership

Q7.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about school leadership in your school.
a. The faculty and leadership have a shared vision. 76.0% 75.2%
b. There is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in this school. 66.3% N/A
c. Teachers feel comfortable raising issues and concerns that are important to them. 67.5% 62.1%
d. The school leadership consistently supports teachers. 72.8% 69.3%
e. Teachers are held to high professional standards for delivering instruction. 94.9% 94.9%
f. The school leadership facilitates using data to improve student learning. 91.9% 92.6%
g. Teacher performance is assessed objectively. 76.2% 78.2%
h. Teachers receive feedback that can help them improve teaching. 83.3% 83.7%
i. The procedures for teacher evaluation are consistent. 69.3% 75.1%
j. The school improvement team provides effective leadership at this school. 75.1% 76.1%
k. The faculty are recognized for accomplishments. 78.1% 75.9%
Q7.2 The school leadership makes a sustained effort to address teacher concerns about:
a. Leadership issues 73.7% 72.9%
b. Facilities and resources 81.5% 79.1%
c. The use of time in my school 78.0% 73.9%
d. Professional development 83.2% 80.9%
e. Teacher leadership 82.4% 80.9%
f. Community support and involvement 86.3% 83.8%
g. Managing student conduct 70.6% 69.5%
h. Instructional practices and support 85.4% 83.1%
i. New teacher support 73.6% 70.6%
Q7.3 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about school leadership in your school.
a. There is an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect in this school. 71.6% 67.2%
b. The school leadership communicates clear expectations to paraprofessionals. 78.5% 73.7%
c. Paraprofessionals feel comfortable raising issues and concerns that are important to them. 74.1% 74.3%
d. The school leadership encourages cooperation among paraprofessionals and certified staff. 85.3% 80.2%
e. Paraprofessionals evaluations are handled fairly in my school. 89.8% 90.0%
f. Paraprofessionals are recognized for accomplishments. 72.5% 68.0%
 

Professional Development

Q8.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with statements about professional development in your school.
a. Sufficient resources are available for professional development in my school. 81.8% 82.6%
b. An appropriate amount of time is provided for professional development. 84.0% 82.2%
c. Professional development offerings are data driven. 85.1% 84.8%
d. Professional learning opportunities are aligned with the school’s improvement plan. 90.3% 89.9%
e. Professional development is differentiated to meet the needs of individual teachers. 62.8% 58.5%
f. Professional development deepens teachers' content knowledge. 70.4% 68.0%
g. Teachers are encouraged to reflect on their own practice. 94.2% 94.7%
h. In this school, follow up is provided from professional development. 72.3% 71.5%
i. Professional development provides ongoing opportunities for teachers to work with colleagues to refine teaching practices. 76.5% 74.6%
j. Professional development is evaluated and results are communicated to teachers. 59.5% 57.1%
k. Professional development enhances teachers' ability to implement instructional strategies that meet diverse student learning needs. 78.4% 76.4%
l. Professional development enhances teachers' abilities to improve student learning. 81.3% 79.7%
Q8.4 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about professional development in your school.
a. Professional development opportunities are made available to me. 85.5% 85.1%
b. Paraprofessionals are provided opportunities to learn from the faculty. 79.4% 78.1%
c. Paraprofessionals are included in appropriate professional development opportunities made available to the faculty. 83.2% 81.7%
d. Sufficient resources are available to allow paraprofessionals to take advantage of professional development activities. 77.1% 77.9%
e. I received an orientation to my job where expectations and responsibilities were clearly articulated. 69.6% 63.4%
f. I was provided a mentor or another paraprofessional to help me be effective in this school. 44.5% 42.0%
 

Instructional Practices and Support

Q9.1 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about instructional practices and support in your school.
a. State assessment data are available in time to impact instructional practices. 51.4% 53.0%
b. Local assessment data are available in time to impact instructional practices. 70.4% 71.0%
c. Teachers use assessment data to inform their instruction. 92.7% 91.5%
d. Teachers work in professional learning communities to develop and align instructional practices. 84.6% 81.1%
e. Provided supports (i.e. instructional coaching, professional learning communities, etc.) translate to improvements in instructional practices by teachers. 79.5% 78.0%
f. Teachers are encouraged to try new things to improve instruction. 89.3% 87.5%
g. Teachers are assigned classes that maximize their likelihood of success with students. 60.9% 59.1%
h. Teachers have autonomy to make decisions about instructional delivery (i.e. pacing, materials and pedagogy). 69.8% 63.2%
 

Overall

Q10.5 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree that the following factors influence your decision making about your professional plans.
a. Facilities and/or resources 82.1% 80.0%
b. Support from school administration 93.6% 93.5%
c. Collegial atmosphere amongst the staff 92.3% 91.1%
d. Teaching assignment (class size, subject, students) 93.0% 92.1%
e. Time to do my job during the work day 90.0% 88.9%
f. Empowerment to influence decisions that affect my school and/or classroom 91.9% 90.9%
g. Effectiveness with the students I teach 95.4% 95.3%
h. Salary 77.5% 77.7%
i. Cost of living 68.5% 70.1%
j. Focus on testing and accountability 58.0% 61.6%
k. Quality of life in this community 70.7% 70.5%
l. Eligibility for retirement 61.9% 61.6%
m. Personal reasons (health, family, etc.) 75.5% 75.7%
n. Student behavior 79.3% 82.1%
o. School's proximity to my home 63.3% 64.3%
Q10.6 Overall, my school is a good place to work and learn. 77.8% 75.8%
Q10.7 Please rate how strongly you agree or disagree that the following factors influence your decision making about your professional plans.
a. Your wages or salary 68.5% 72.7%
b. The benefits provided by your employer (health, dental, retirement) 90.2% 89.2%
c. Job security 78.2% 81.0%
d. Work schedule (number of hours per week or daily schedule) 92.7% 88.3%
e. The respect I receive in my school 83.4% 84.2%
f. Professional development opportunities 79.4% 75.1%
g. The ability to participate in decisions that impact my job 73.9% 72.3%
h. The quality of school leadership 78.4% 79.1%
i. Student conduct/behavior 67.7% 70.0%
j. Retirement 84.8% 81.6%
k. Personal reasons (moving, health, family) 84.9% 82.1%
Q10.8 Overall, my school is a good place to work and learn. 80.6% 78.1%
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