Corrected data indicates more positive student opinion, according to EC school district
October 19 – EAU CLAIRE – Data regarding the social and emotional health of students in Eau Claire that was presented to the school board earlier this month was based on incorrect results of a survey of students in the Department of L ‘State education, officials from the Eau Claire school district said Monday.
The correct data – gleaned from a student survey created by Wisconsin DPI – indicates that Eau Claire students are happier and feel more accepted and supported in school, compared to the first data set that the school board reviewed in September.
The school district initially received incorrect investigation results from DPI, Eau Claire Schools Superintendent Mike Johnson said.
The surveys were conducted this spring and are conducted annually in the district. About 2,100 families, 900 staff and 3,200 students in grades 5 through 12 responded, assessment director Michelle Radtke said in September.
The student-specific survey asked students questions about how they felt about their schools, teachers, peers, themselves and their emotional state. It aims to measure how students feel about discipline, cultural skills, and academic and socio-emotional support, Radtke said in September.
In September, school district officials presented data suggesting that a majority of students who responded to the survey said they did not feel socially accepted.
Specifically, 76% of the students surveyed said they did not feel socially accepted, 79% said they did not feel like they were part of the school; and 80% said they disagreed or strongly disagreed that they were happy to be in school.
But after that September school board meeting, Johnson said, principals began to notice discrepancies in the poll results.
“We had internal discussions about the data at the school level. Things didn’t line up,” Johnson said. “Michelle (Radtke) contacted DPI. We are still in the process of determining what really happened, but we have received incorrect data.”
“After looking at the raw DPI data (initially), we performed an accuracy analysis and found it was not accurate,” Radtke added on Monday.
In the real survey results, Johnson said, almost 70% of students said they felt socially accepted, 79% said they felt like they were part of the school, and 80% said they were happy to be in their school.
Other statements that the survey asked students to respond to – “My teachers make me feel good about myself” and “Boys and girls are treated equally”, for example – also yielded more positive results. favorable than the school district initially believed. (The survey presented these statements and asked students if they agreed, strongly agree, disagree, strongly disagree, or didn’t know.)
However, black and Pacific Islander students were more likely to disagree or strongly disagree with the survey’s statements in general, Radtke said.
This is the first year the school district has used the DPI student survey, but the district has used a very similar student survey every year for the past seven years, Radtke said.
In other school district news:
* The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, which raises funds for school district grants, school wish lists, scholarships and other projects, raised over $ 3.6 million in 2020 and over $ 4.3 million in 2021 so far, said ECPSF Executive Director Sarah French. The foundation presents an annual report to the school board.
* Council voted 5-2 to approve two small changes to the district employee handbook. One of the changes concerns snowy days. In the 2021-2022 school year, students will have traditional snow days without virtual learning if a school closing day occurs while there are additional teaching minutes left in the school calendar. If there are no extra teaching minutes left, students will have a virtual learning day using the district devices they take with them, said Kay Marks, executive director of human resources. That means elementary school students will likely still have a minimum of four traditional snow days, and high school and middle school students will likely have a minimum of three, Marks noted.
* The school board met in person on Monday evening, with community members expected to attend either by video conference or phone call.