One component of the EES related to the evaluation of teacher practice is the student survey, also known as the Tripod student survey. It is used to inform a teacher's Core Professionalism rating. All students in grades 3-12 are eligible to take the Tripod student surveys.
"Tripod" refers to three “legs” of quality teaching: content, pedagogy and relationships. This model emphasizes the importance of teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogic skills and their capacity to form and sustain effective student-teacher relationships. The model’s premise is that students will engage more deeply and learn more effectively when they perceive (or experience) all three legs are strong. Learn more in our
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Tripod surveys capture key dimensions of classroom life and teaching practice as students experience them. Surveys can deliver valid, reliable and detailed insights on teaching and learning. Using the Tripod survey assessments, educators have the ability to measure student perceptions in the following areas:
Teaching Effectiveness: Measures tied to each teacher are quality assured and benchmarked statewide.
Student Engagement: Data concerning effort and motivation indicate for each classroom how students judge their own attitudes, behavior, and effort.
Student Satisfaction: Data indicate whether each classroom, building and district is a place where students feel safe, welcome and satisfied with their progress.
Whole-school Climate: Data from individual classrooms can be aggregated up to measures of whole school climate. In addition, surveys include questions that pertain to the school as a whole.
Findings can inform discussions about school quality and whole-school priorities, and focus
teacher professional development and student engagement projects. The measures enable decision-makers at every level to focus priorities and track progress, helping to ensure investments in professional development and school improvement produce positive results.