Measuring School Climate (CSCI)

The Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI) is a nationally-recognized school climate survey that provides an in-depth profile of your school community’s particular strengths, as well as areas for improvement. With the CSCI, you can quickly and accurately assess student, parent/ guardian, and school personnel perceptions in order to get the data that you need to make informed decisions for lasting improvement.

The CSCI school climate survey is an empirically validated tool that has been used by thousands of educators, students, and parents/ guardians nationwide. To learn more about the research and design of the CSCI, click here

Find out more about the CSCI below or download the CSCI Features and Benefits for easy reference.

What the CSCI Measures

The CSCI measures thirteen essential dimensions of a healthy school climate in five broad categories: Safety, Teaching and Learning, Interpersonal Relationships, Social Media, Institutional Environment, as well as two distinct dimensions for personnel only. View the full list of dimensions measured by the CSCI.

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The School Climate Portal

Every school has access to a secure, online portal that includes step-by-step guidelines for administration, form letters to aid in outreach, real-time response rates, best practices from the field, and detailed worksheets for focused prioritizing and action planning based on results. See a sample of key portal features.

CSCI School Report

Your school’s findings are presented in a robust report that provides concrete data, easy-to-read graphs, and presentation tools to aid in the creation of targeted action plans for sustained and measurable school-wide improvement. This report presents a detailed whole-school profile of core strengths and areas for improvement based on the fourteen dimensions.

The Five Stage Improvement Process

NSCC provides a full range of support materials and on-staff guidance to schools as they work through the process to ensure success. Learn more about NSCC’s five stage improvement process.

Professional Development Services

NSCC offers customized trainings and professional development services to guide schools through the improvement process. To view a list of available services, visit our Educational Services section.