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Article | Engaging School Administrators in Student Surveys

Student surveys can provide an invaluable source of data for helping teachers to grow as professionals. In a recent IES publication, the authors provide helpful guidance for educators on how to create, administer, and report on survey results. However, the analysis is limited in one of the most crucial parts of the survey administration process: engaging administrators in analyzing and acting upon student survey data. Some of the most important advocates in using student survey data to drive instruction are school administrators (depending on the school, this could be the principal, an instructional dean, or an assistant principal in charge of academics and instruction). These individuals will greatly impact how survey results translate into action so engaging them in the process is a critical part of implementation.