Conditions for Learning Survey

  • WDMCS administers an annual Conditions for Learning survey. This is their chance to make their voice heard, and each year, we intend to listen. The survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

    All Iowa public school districts will use the Conditions for Learning Survey to improve safety, student engagement, and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Our work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.  

    About the Survey

    • The information collected helps the state, our district, and local community improve the school.
    • It is given to students in grades 3-12.
    • Students will take the survey each spring.
    • It is 100% confidential. The survey does not collect student names, birthdates, or any other identifiable information.
    • Parents/guardians can view the questions. They are linked on this page. Copies of the survey are available in each school office.
    • Parents/guardians can complete a form each year if they do not want their students to participate. 
    • Students can also choose to not take the survey.
    • Copies of the survey are available in each school office.
  • 2022 Details

    This survey administration is required by the state’s plan to meet a federal law called the Every Student Succeeds Act. Schools conducted the survey between April 5-29, 2022.

Survey Questions

Conditions for Learning Survey FAQs

  • What is the Conditions for Learning measure?

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    The measure is based on results of a student survey about safety, engagement and learning environment. The survey of students in grades 3 through 12 focuses on issues ranging from student safety to relationships to how school rules are enforced.

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  • How was the survey developed?

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    The survey became a valid and reliable tool through Iowa’s work with the U.S. Department of Education’s Safe and Supportive Schools grant. 

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  • Is this the same as the Iowa Youth Survey?

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    No, the Conditions for Learning survey is a stand-alone survey that is administered every spring.

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  • What level of information is displayed for this measure?

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    For the Conditions for Learning measure, the Iowa School Performance Profiles displays the overall scores for schools in each domain area, as well as scores for each student subgroup within a school.

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  • Is it fair to grade a school based on student perceptions?

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    ESSA gave states an opportunity to expand the way we look at accountability beyond test scores and academic achievement to consider school performance more holistically. This is important because over-reliance on achievement measures to evaluate school performance fails to recognize schools that are producing substantial growth.

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  • If my child’s school fared poorly on this measure, does it mean the school is unsafe or unsupportive

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    Not necessarily. We know that schools are working hard to provide safe, supportive learning environments for children. The Conditions for Learning measure provides important, actionable feedback to schools and communities, using a valid and reliable survey. This measure also includes students in efforts to improve learning conditions.

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  • How do you protect the privacy of those surveyed students?

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    The survey is confidential and voluntary.

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  • Where can I find the survey questions?

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    Contact the Iowa Department of Education for a list of survey questions.

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Last Modified on October 14, 2022