Category Archives: Survey

Multiple Assessments: Hope Survey

What effect is the current standards movement and teaching to the test having on our students? What do you know about how students at your school view the school environment? Now your school can find out by seeing the school from the eyes of your students based on their responses on the Hope Survey. This [...]

Building a Better Test?

After school budgets, testing remains one of the most controversial and talked about subjects among administrators, teachers, parents and students.  Edutopia has an interesting article along with several links regarding the future of standardized testing.  The article Reinventing the BIG test  http://www.edutopia.org/reinventing-big-test-the-challenge-of-authentic-assessment  gives examples of several promising alternative assessments to the standardized multiple choice tests that [...]

Parents Favor More Choices in Schools

Checklist for Alternative Education

Student Boredom and Other Data

Charter Schools: State by State

Service Learning Outcomes: Great!

Measuring Student Autonomy and Motivation

Tools for Creating Alternatives

The Annenberg Institute has referenced an amazing variety of tools such as observation protocols, focus group samples and questions, surveys, questionnaires, and other techniques for use in improving schools. These same tools can be very useful for creating new schools or tuning up alternatives. It’s a splendid assortment of devices for leadership, planning, staff development, [...]

New Survey for Alternative Schools

The National Alternative Education Association has designed a survey for staff in alternative schools, particularly schools serving at-risk youth. Information about background and authors for the survey is available at the IALA website.

Is Your Alternative School Authentic?

John Loflin has produced a survey for alternative schools to examine their faithfulness to true alternative educational principles. He calls it the Pseudo-Alternative Checklist. It’s a reality check for schools and a reminder of what originators of the alternative movement had in mind for educational choices. In addition to the survey (there are two forms), [...]

Ultimate Alternative School

David Douglas from New Hamshire delineates the key features of an “ultimate school” in a recent piece he sent. He suggests a checklist of 16 features for school personnel and parents to stimulate discussion about how their schools can improve or transform. See other writing and ideas at the Ultimate School Network.

Assessment of Attitudes Etc.

The Compendium of Assessment and Research Tools (CART) is a database that provides information on 1000s of instruments that measure attributes associated with youth development programs. This is a very useful resource in an era where so much rides on standardized tests of achievement. CART includes descriptions of research instruments, tools, rubrics, and guides and [...]