VOCAL Student Pilot Survey Project, 2017
VOCAL is an annual survey sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 2017, DESE piloted survey items. Participating students were asked to share their views on three dimensions and nine topics of school climate:
- Cultural and linguistic competency
- Emotional safety
- Physical safety
- Bullying and cyber-bullying
- Instructional environment
- Discipline environment
- Mental health environment
The 2017 VOCAL surveys were administered to students in grade 5, 8, and 10. 51,384 fifth graders (73%) participated in the survey, along with 50,334 eighth graders (70%), and 47,106 tenth graders (64%).
2017 VOCAL Pilot Survey Findings
Executive Summary and Descriptive Reports
Massachusetts 2017 Executive Summary
State 2017 pilot report — coming soon
VOCAL 2017 validity report — updated
2017 VOCAL Pilot Sample Report and Guidance Materials
The sample reports reflect the school climate data provided to schools and districts during the pilot year. These reports were accompanied by supporting guidance materials, provided below. With the exception of the Interpretive Guide, these documents were embedded within the reports provided to schools and districts.
Sample Reports and Guidance Materials
District Summary Report
Annotated Report (layout and data elements within each district and school report)
School Profile (description of a relatively strong, average, and relatively weak school climate in Massachusetts)
Interpretive Guide (scoring, analyses strategies, and resources)
How index scores are calculated — coming soon
2017 Pilot Survey Content
The surveys that were administered in 2017 can be viewed by below.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
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