Academic & Teacher Evaluations
As a teacher, there are so many variables to consider in a student’s education. Knowing your students can go a long way into improving their learning and can make your job easier.
A Relationship Between Teacher Rating & Course Interest
In 2016 we conducted a study with over 2,000 college level students across the United States. We were trying to see if there was a linear relationship between how students rate a teacher and how students perceived a class. We sent one survey for every class a student had. We asked two main questions on each survey (on a scale from 1 -5):
"How likely is it that you would recommend this instructor to a friend or colleague?"
"How interesting did you find the subject matter of the class"
The findings in fact seemed to indicate a near linear relationship between a student’s recommendation of a teacher and the level of interest in that class. Want to make your class more interesting to your students? Send them a survey to improve the classroom experience.
Course Evaluation Surveys
One of our most popular surveys with educators is the student evaluation survey. Giving students an opportunity to voice their opinion shows you care. We see that most teachers send out a survey at least twice a year, one for each semester. Ask questions about course usefulness, course difficulty level, and homework applicability. Always use an open ended question to give students a chance to say how they think the course went.
Generally these are done via web link to ensure anonymity. Sending these out school-wide is also useful. If the same survey is sent out to multiple classes and teachers, the data can be combined. Schools can assess performance by subject, teacher, or even time of day.
Parent Teacher Feedback Surveys
We have a template specifically made for this. Send this survey to parents before parent-teacher conferences or throughout the school year. Getting feedback from parents is key to understanding your students' needs. We often find that parents who receive these surveys very much appreciate that their child's teacher cares. The feedback you gain here can help tailor learning programs for induvial students. The feedback you gain here can help tailor leanring programs for individual students.
Tips for Student Surveys
Determine How to Send Your Survey:
Sending these out via web link is best. Try and coordinate the entire school to send the survey out as well. Doing this can help a school see the "big picture" with their students. If students are worried about anonymity, you can turn on the anonymous surveys feature.
Keep Your Survey Short:
No one wants to be overwhelmed. Keep your survey under 20 questions. Generally, 1 page with 10 questions should be enough to gather the data you need and not annoy your students.