In August 2014, researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Panorama Education launched a first-of-its-kind collaboration to develop a valid and reliable survey tool to measure student perceptions of teaching and learning. Our goal was to develop a survey instrument that would be grounded in the most advanced survey methodology and make it freely accessible for classroom teachers.
By measuring student perceptions, the Panorama Student Survey gathers feedback from students about their classroom experience. Decades of research have shown that student perceptions strongly correlate with learning outcomes and can be an important improvement tool for school systems.
We designed the Panorama Student Survey as a series of scales—groups of survey questions for students that capture different aspects of the same underlying theme—to allow educators to customize the survey with the topics they value most.
The comprehensive survey covers nineteen key topics: from pedagogical effectiveness and school climate, to student engagement and growth mindset. Thousands of teachers have used the survey as a formative tool, educators have used it to assess the effectiveness of their interventions, and districts have used it as part of educator evaluation systems.
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Perceptions of the quality of teaching and amount of learning students experience from a particular teacher.
Perceptions of the overall social and learning climate of the classroom.
How much students feel that a specific teacher holds them to high expectations around effort, understanding, persistence and performance in class.
How attentive and invested students are in class.
How strong the social connection is between teachers and students within and beyond the classroom.
How much students feel that they are valued members of the classroom community.
How much students feel that an academic subject is interesting, important and useful.
How well students deliberately use strategies to manage their own learning processes in class.
Student perceptions of whether they have the potential to change those factors that are central to their performance in class.
Perceptions of the overall social and learning climate of the school.
How much students feel that their teachers hold them to high expectations around effort, understanding, persistence and performance in class.
How attentive and invested students are at school.
How strong the social connection is between teachers and students within and beyond the school.
How much students feel that they are valued members of the school community.
How much students feel that school is interesting, important and useful.
How well students deliberately use strategies to manage their own learning processes generally.
Student perceptions of whether they have the potential to change those factors that are central to their performance in school.
Perceptions of how well students are able to persevere through setbacks to achieve important long-term goals.
Students' perceptions of their physical and psychological safety while at school.
Teachers from Maine and Arizona describe their experiences using the Panorama Student Survey to get feedback and learn from their students. The teachers discuss how they engage students in the student survey process and how they use the results to guide self-reflection and improvement.
The Panorama Student Survey was developed under the leadership of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach, Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Director of Research at Panorama Education. Dr. Gehlbach is a leading survey methodologist and education researcher, and a former high school social studies teacher.
The research team followed a rigorous survey development process that involved multiple rounds of piloting and refinement, following cognitive interviews with students, an extensive review of survey literature, and feedback from experts around the country.