Panorama Education and FPS
In order to learn more about student and family experiences in Framingham, we have partnered with Panorama Education to conduct district-wide family surveys (grades K-12) and student surveys for children (grades 3-12). Through the surveys administered, the district has gained valuable information about the climate and culture of our schools. The results of these surveys help inform both school-based and district-wide initiatives to support the social and emotional health of our community. Reviewing the results year-over-year continues to help us make informed decisions to help make improvements in areas of greatest need.
About Panorama Education
Panorama Education is a leader in the field of education data collection and analysis. Their surveys have been used by school districts across Massachusetts and the country. The use of Panorama Education research validated survey instruments and data management platform provides us with comprehensive, user-friendly reports to inform programming to improve school climate and culture, students’ social emotional learning, and family and community engagement.
The Student Survey
The Panorama Student Survey is designed to help educators understand their students social-emotional competencies and students perceptions of how supported they are in their school environment. The survey includes the following measures:
Student Competencies: The social, emotional and motivational skills that help student success at school, and in life:
- Self-Management: How well students manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviors
- Social Awareness: How well students consider perspectives of others
- Emotion Regulation: How well students regulate their emotions
Student Supports and Environment:
- Student Engagement: How attentive and invested are students with their schools?
- Teacher/Student Relationships: How strong is the connection between teachers and students in school?
- School Safety: Perceptions of student physical and psychological safety at school
- Sense of Belonging: How much students feel that they are valued members of the school community
The Family Survey
The Panorama Family survey is designed to help the district measure family engagement and the family-school relationship. The survey includes the following measures:
- School Climate: Perceptions of the overall social and learning climate of the school.
- Barriers to Engagement: Factors that create challenges for families to become involved with their child’s school
- Family Efficacy: How confident families are with regard to key parenting skills
- Roles & Responsibilities: Perceptions of who should be primarily responsible for school success (family or school)
We will be conducting this survey again for all staff, students, and parents between February 25 and March 22, 2019. We value feedback and partnership and hope to continue to increase participation and survey completion year-over-year.
Last Year’s Results (2017 - 2018)
In 2018, we heard the voices of 7,400 FPS stakeholders who completed a Panorama survey:
- 4,939 students in grades 3-12
- 1,467 family members
- 1,077 staff members
See below for data spotlights or you can follow this link to access the results of the Framingham surveys: The Framingham Public Schools Dashboard for aggregate data.
We will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, March 5th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Woodrow Wilson cafetorium to review last year’s results and to explain the impact of your partnership with these surveys. Food, childcare, and translation services will be provided to encourage family engagement around this important topic. You can register on Eventbrite or on Facebook.
Highlight: Student-Teacher Relationships in Grades 3-5: One of the factors that we track through Panorama is how students perceive their relationship with teachers. Across the two years of data we’ve seen a positive increase in this category. In 2017 Framingham Schools were already in the upper percentile compared to the National dataset - that trend has continued through 2018 with Framingham Public Schools sitting at the 90th percentile. Last year, 80% of students in grades 3-5 felt a strong connection to their teacher. Strong interpersonal relationships are a key factor in student learning and an area where Framingham Elementary teachers are leading the way!
Opportunity for Growth: Student Emotion Regulation in Grades 3 - 5: Another factor measured by the survey is how well students feel they can regulate their emotions. According to the survey, 52% of students felt they were able to regulate their emotions well. Although there was a slight decrease in this measure from 2017, Framingham students ranked in the 70th percentile compared to other schools nationally. Although FPS students ranked well nationally, the district has identified this as an area for growth.
FPS Action Based on Results: In an effort to support social emotional development and help students more effectively regulate their emotions, FPS educators and student support staff are utilizing various programs like GoZen, Zones of Regulation and Second Step across the district.
Highlight: Student Self-Management in Grades 6 - 12: The Self-Management topic measures how well students manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations. This is an area of strength for Framingham students, with 72% of students responding favorable to the Self-Management questions. This puts Framingham near the 60th percentile when compared to the National dataset.
Opportunity for Growth: Student Engagement in Grades 6 - 12: Another aspect of the Student questionnaire, School Engagement tracks the relationships students have with attending and participating in school. Questions range from tracking interest in the classroom to thinking about, sharing, and engaging with class material outside of school. This is an area we have identified for immediate improvement. Framingham is currently at the 10 percentile when compared to the National dataset as only 23% of students in grades 6-12 indicated they were highly engaged in school. This data allows us to begin looking at ways to increase engagement and to better serve Framingham students.
FPS Action Based on Results: In response to students voicing low levels of engagement, Fuller Middle School implemented the following action steps:
- At Fuller Middle School, the results of the student survey in the areas of Teacher-Student Relationships and School Belonging and Engagement were especially important. The results revealed that many students were reporting difficulty in these domains, and the Student Support Team in conjunction with administration and Fuller's Culture and Climate committee rolled out several multi-layered initiatives, including Support Mapping where students are asked to identify trusted adults in school as a means to ensure that there is an adequate school-based support system to promote academic achievement and ongoing problem-solving
- Framingham High School used Panorama data on student engagement to create a staff PD series focused on engagement and SEL
Highlight: Family Barriers to Engagement: Barriers to Engagement are part of the family survey and cover many of the communication and transportation logistics that affect students and their families. Framingham Public Schools is in the 40 percentile when compared to the national dataset. Last year 83% of families reported positively when asked about student safety, school to family communications, and cross cultural communication.
Action Steps Resulting from Data
- The District’s administrative retreat in August was devoted entirely to reviewing the Panorama data results to better understand the perspectives and needs of our staff, students, and families
- Superintendent Tremblay gave a district mandate to prioritize the importance of establishing meaningful connections with students and families
- District and school improvement SEL goals developed based on Panorama data
- Hemenway Elementary School prioritized sharing Panorama data and action planning with a range of stakeholders, including staff, student council and PTO