A new report from New York University’s Research Alliance for NYC Schools found that school climate is directly correlated to things like teacher retention rates and student achievement.
The report was based on 31,000 responses from teacher surveys between 2008 and 2012 and considered four measures of school climate.
- School Safety and Order
- Leadership and Professional Development
- High Academic Expectations
- Teacher Relationships and Collaboration
The study tracked school climate over time and compared them with school data on teacher retention rates and student test scores.
Result: Researchers from NYU found that if a school improved from the 50th percentile to the 84th percentile across all four measures of school climate teacher turnover would decline by 25 percent.
A similar percentile increase in measures of school safety and high academic expectations alone boosted student math scores enough to account for an extra month and a half of instruction.
The researchers say these findings could help shift the debate about what factors are most important in boosting student achievement.
To learn more about the study, click here.