VOCAL is an annual survey sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It was administered to students in grade 4, grade 5, grade 8, and grade 10. In 2019, participating students are asked to share their views on three dimensions and nine topics of school climate:
This brief presents key findings from a research study related to bullying in Massachusetts. The key findings are divided into three sections: general student-level findings, district-level findings, and those related to the analyses of black and white student responses.
This PowerPoint presents the results from a research study related to student engagement. It provides an overview of the VOCAL survey, descriptive results related to student engagement, and identifies factors that appear to promote or inhibit student engagement in Massachusetts. Notes pages are included.
The sample report replicates the data and format provided to districts and schools, respectively. Schools and districts are also provided with the guidance materials and resources posted on this webpage.
Description of a relatively strong, typical, and relatively weak school climate in Massachusetts within:
How to analyze and interpret VOCAL school climate data using the school sample report data as an exemplar (a completed and a blank template are provided)
Action Planning template for schools to set goals/priorities related to school climate (a completed and a blank template are provided)
The surveys administered in 2019 can be viewed below:
Last Updated: January 26, 2021
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