Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Tell Them From Me Survey

From December 10th to December 17th , an online school survey for students called Tell Them From Me (TTFM) will allow every student in Midsun to give their input into school improvement initiatives in an anonymous way.  Each student will be given a random username and password ensuring their anonymity. The survey will take place during Living Skills classes, and every student in the CBE will be participating. A second part to this survey will take place towards the end of the year. It will be used to monitor any changes. The intent of the data is to address any critical concerns (i.e if 90% of students indicate they are bullied, etc). In a nut shell, it is similar to the Student Accountability Pillar Survey but is made available to all students (instead of only Grade 7) and has two parts (as opposed to one).

This survey tool has been implemented in over 45 school jurisdictions across Alberta over the past two years.  If you would like more information about this survey please visit the Alberta Education website.  

The student survey will be completed online and will require approximately 30 minutes to complete. TTFM measures topics such as social/emotional outcomes (e.g. student engagement, emotional health), physical health outcomes (e.g. physical fitness), and drivers of student outcomes (e.g. quality instruction, classroom context). The survey also allows students to give their thoughts and feedback in an open-ended question response.  Bill and I have created a time table for the Living Skills teachers and have blocked off Room 7, 10, and the Library during the time frame.

TTFM was created by The Learning Bar, based on the work by co-founder Dr. J. Douglas Willms. Dr. Willms is recognized internationally for his work on the development of educational monitoring systems, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since 2004, Tell Them From Me has quickly grown to become Canada’s largest national school survey.

If you would like more information, please feel free to contact me via email (kjtailor@cbe.ab.ca). Alternatively, if there is enough interest, I can create a workshop/committee one afterschool to provide more information and discuss this in further detail.


Mr. Tailor

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