TJMS 8th Grade Exit Survey

2012-13

Survey Details

An exit survey was given to 176 8th graders, approximately 88% of the grade level. Students were surveyed on June 4-5, 2013 from their physical education classes.


For the majority of questions, students were asked to respond using a Likert scale from 1 to 4, with 1 meaning strongly agree and 4 meaning strongly disagree.


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Survey Summary

A more detailed analysis of each survey question can be found in this document. The highlights of the exit survey include:
  • We have high academic expectations for our students and students felt that teachers instilled these in them.
  • Students knew what they were learning and why.
  • Students felt that they had caring adults that could assist them if needed.
  • Class activities were frequently not engaging or interesting.
  • Character education activities were not present frequently.


High Academic Expectations

  • 81% of 8th graders (142 students) believe that they are expected to meet high academic expectations.
  • 82% of 8th graders (144 students) know what high quality work looks like.
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Academic Success Skills

  • 71% of students (125 students) are encouraged and taught how to set goals for their future.
  • 72% of students (127 students) feel they can get academic help when they need it from teachers, paraprofessionals, Americorps, or other students.
  • 67% of students (118 students) believed that their job was learning.
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Instruction & Assessment

  • 77% of students (136 students) understood what they were learning and why.
  • 59% of students (103 students) believed that their class activities were interesting and meaningful.
  • In contrast, 41% of students (73 students) believed that their class activities were not interesting or meaningful.
  • 62% of students (109 students) felt that teachers didn't just rely on paper and pencil tests for grades.
  • In contrast, 39% of students (67 students) felt that teachers relied mostly on paper and pencil tests for student grades.
  • Learning targets were a focus of our school-wide professional development in 2012-13. It will continue to be a focus in 2013-14.
  • We will also focus on developing assessments in 2013-14.
  • We completed year 1 of AIW in 2012-13. We will be continuing AIW in 2013-14 which focuses on improving lessons in the areas of construction of knowledge, value beyond school, and elaborated communication.
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Getting involved!

63% of students (112 students) felt they had opportunities to explore their interests while a student at Jefferson.
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Culture and Climate

  • 79% of students (140 students) believe that classroom expectations set by teachers were clear.
  • 58% of students (101 students) believe that little class time was spent on discipline.
  • In contrast, 42% of students believed that a larger percentage of time was spent on discipline.
  • 63% of students (110 students) felt safe at Jefferson.
  • This is an area that we will be focusing on in 2013-14 with a renewed dedication to Positive Behavior Supports with a dedicated teacher/administrator team.
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Character Education

  • 53% of students (93 students) felt that character education activities were taught on a regular basis.
  • In contrast, 47% of students (83 students) felt that character education activities were taught infrequently or never in their classrooms.
  • 52% of students (92 students) felt that character education activities helped to create a positive experience at Jefferson.
  • In contrast, 48% of students felt that character education activities did not help create a positive experience at Jefferson.
  • This is an area that we will be focusing on in 2013-14 with a renewed dedication to Positive Behavior Supports with a dedicated teacher/administrator team.
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Caring Adults

  • 63% of students (110 students) believed the adults at Jefferson were accepting and friendly.
  • 66% of students (116 students) felt that had at least one adult at Jefferson they could go to if they needed help with personal problems.
  • 68% of students (119 students) felt that they were treated with respect by the adults at Jefferson.
  • 68% of students (120 students) felt that one of the principals would be willing to talk with me when I need help.


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Family Perceptions

  • 64% of students (112 students) felt that their families could ask for help if needed.
  • 71% of students (125 students) believed that their family felt welcome at Jefferson.


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