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Opinion Survey for Students (OSS)
Sample Printouts

The Opinion Survey for Students (OSS), which is used in grades 6 to 12, assesses student attitudes and opinions about six important aspects of your school including school climate, discipline/safety, learning environment, staff-student relations, perception of self, and academic progress.

There exists a DOS executable computer program that I use to analyze OSS data and to print out item and composite scores for up to thirteen groups: all students, male students, female students, White students, Hispanic students, Other Ethnic students, and students in each grade level 6 through 12. Printouts aren't generated for empty groups (i.e., groups with no data).

Two different sample printouts for the OSS are listed below...

#1... General Information Printout.

This printout explains the OSS scoring procedure and lists the different groups for which summary results can be produced.

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OPINION SURVEY FOR STUDENTS (OSS)
SAMPLE SCHOOL
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Scoring Notes . . .

1. Reported scores: Item Means, Category Scores, Total Score
2. The Item Mean is the arithmetic average for the item.
3. The Category Score is the mean of the applicable Item Means.
4. The Total Score is the mean of the six Category Scores.
5. The scoring procedure conforms to that suggested by the
                       
Printouts . . .

1. ERC-OSS.EXE generates a one-page printout for as many as
   thirteen (13) groups.  There are no printouts for empty groups. 
   a. All Students
   b. Grade Level (6th grade through 12th grade)
   c. Gender (male students and female students)
   d. Ethnic Group (Whites, Hispanics and Other Ethnics)
2. The ERC-OSS.EXE one-page printout displays:
   a. School Name
   b. Group Name and Size (number of students in group)
   c. Six Category Scores (School Climate, Discipline/Safety,
      Learning Environment, Staff/Student Relationships,
      Perception of Self, and Academic Progress.
   d. Total Score
   e. Item Data (number of students selecting each response,
      item mean, item standard deviation, and item descriptor)
   f. Legend (5=Most Positive Result, 1=Most Negative Result)

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ERC-OSS.EXE Copyright 1998 by Bert Stoneberg Jr.            09-05-1998
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#2... The Group Printout.

This one-page group printout shows both composite scores and item scores. A separate printout is generated for each group of students (i.e., all students, by gender, by ethnic group, and by grade level). On the sample "All Students" printout shown below, for example, students gave their highest composite rating to school climate (3.28) and their lowest composite rating to their perception of self (3.09).

OPINION SURVEY FOR STUDENTS (OSS)                             09-05-1998
SAMPLE SCHOOL All Students (N=16)                                   X146
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       School Climate          3.28       Perception of Self 3.09
       Discipline/Safety       3.18       Academic Progress  3.26
       Learning Environment    3.20 
       Staff/Student Relations 3.19       Survey Total       3.20
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Itm  sa5   a4    3   d2  sd1  Mean  SDev  Item Descriptors
---  ---  ---  ---  ---  ---  ----  ----  ------------------------------
  1    6    2    4    2    2  3.50  1.41  I like going to this school
  2    1    7    2    4    2  3.06  1.20  School is friendly place
  3    4    4    4    0    4  3.25  1.48  I feel safe at school
  4    2    6    4    4    0  3.38  0.99  Things left at school are safe
  5    5    3    2    4    2  3.31  1.45  I feel challenged by classes
  6    2    6    2    2    4  3.00  1.41  Good place for me to learn
  7    4    4    6    2    0  3.62  0.99  Teachers want me to do my best
  8    2    8    2    4    0  3.50  1.00  Teachers listen to what I say
  9    6    4    2    0    4  3.50  1.58  Made to feel good about self
 10    2    8    4    2    0  3.62  0.86  I belong at this school
 11    4    4    4    4    0  3.50  1.12  Most students here like me
 12    3    5    2    2    4  3.06  1.48  Most adults at school like me
 13    4    4    4    2    2  3.38  1.32  Learning English skills
 14    1    7    2    6    0  3.19  1.01  Learning math and science
 15    5    3    5    0    3  3.44  1.41  Learning social studies
 16    2    7    5    2    0  3.56  0.86  Students help each other
 17    5    4    3    4    0  3.62  1.17  Students like each other
 18    3    6    3    1    3  3.31  1.36  Students respect each other
 19    4    4    6    2    0  3.62  0.99  I know the school rules
 20    1    7    3    5    0  3.25  0.97  Important to obey school rules
 21    5    3    2    0    6  3.06  1.71  Rules here have to be followed
 22    2    6    4    4    0  3.38  0.99  Teachers give individual help
 23    3    5    3    5    0  3.38  1.11  Teachers make learning fun
 24    2    7    2    1    4  3.12  1.41  Teachers believe I can learn
 25    3    4    4    5    0  3.31  1.10  My teachers like their work
 26    0    7    2    7    0  3.00  0.94  Can talk about private things
 27    3    3    3    3    4  2.88  1.45  Teachers treat me fairly
 28    0    6    4    6    0  3.00  0.87  Teachers respect me
 29    2    4    2    6    2  2.88  1.27  Others like my ideas
 30    1    5    2    4    4  2.69  1.31  Always try to do best work
 31    2    5    5    3    1  3.25  1.09  Harder work / more success
 32    2    7    2    5    0  3.38  1.05  Learning the fine arts
 33    5    5    2    1    3  3.50  1.46  Learning technology skills
 34    0    8    3    4    1  3.12  0.99  Learning to organize/present
 35    3    5    4    4    0  3.44  1.06  Like looks of building/grounds
 36    1    6    2    4    3  2.88  1.27  See principal about the school
 37    2    4    3    4    3  2.88  1.32  Extra-curriculars add a lot
 38    0    6    2    8    0  2.88  0.93  Rule breakers get into trouble
 39    2    4    3    2    5  2.75  1.44  Good behavior/choices rewarded
 40    0    8    4    4    0  3.25  0.83  All rule breakers treated same
 41    4    4    1    6    1  3.25  1.35  Can study/work in classrooms
 42    0    8    2    2    4  2.88  1.27  Self assessment is encouraged
 43    2    4    5    4    1  3.12  1.11  I like most adults at school
 44    0    6    2    8    0  2.88  0.93  Can ask the principal for help
 45    2    5    1    2    6  2.69  1.53  Get along with other students
 46    0    6    4    6    0  3.00  0.87  I'm important person at school
 47    2    5    3    6    0  3.19  1.07  Can apply learning to job site
 48    0    8    2    2    4  2.88  1.27  Proud of my academic progress
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POSITIVE RESPONSE  5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1  NEGATIVE RESPONSE      ERC-OSS.EXE

Last Update:  17-May-08