Individuals can get fatigued by surveys that are long and repetitive. They also grow tired of answering questions if no one acknowledges their responses or addresses their concerns. Unfortunately, many school surveys are designed without regard to students’ or teachers’ experiences, and we (at PERTS) find that troubling.
We designed our surveys to be short (less than 10 minutes to complete) and to be part of an empowering process that elevates student and educator voices and provides educators with rapid insights that they can act on immediately. In addition, our programs provide guidance on how to introduce the survey to participants and debrief the results thoughtfully. When educators follow this guidance, it ensures participants understand that their opinions are valued and that their responses will shape their experiences.