Teacher Perception Survey Reflection Tool Kit
Teacher Perception Survey (TPS) results give you a powerful tool for understanding how your leadership affects teachers and students. These results will likely confirm some things that you knew about your leadership style, surprise you with some things that you didn’t know, and open up new questions about things you want to explore further.
This data is a unique source of actionable feedback on your practice as a school leader that you can apply to continue building upon your strengths and accelerate your professional development and your school’s academic progress. Take some time to review your results, and then think about how the data can guide you further down the path toward providing excellent school leadership that ensures effective teaching in every classroom and high levels of achievement by all students.
The following are recommendations for how to make the most of your Teacher Perception Survey results:
1. Set aside sufficient time to review and reflect on the results. Make sure you focus on both your areas of strength and opportunities for growth.
2. Prior to reviewing your results take the Principal Lens version of the survey. Similar to how the self-reflection works between an evaluatee and evaluator, the principal lens is a way for principals to predict how they perceive their teachers’ perceptions.
Prior to looking at your data complete the survey based on how you feel your teachers would respond. Consider the perspective of the teachers in your school and how they would answer these questions. As you answer the reflection questions, also reflect upon the discrepancies, why they may exist, and any steps you could take to align your perception with your teachers’ perception.
3. Collaborate with a trusted colleague to help you think about how to use the results. When reflecting on your results individually or as a group, ask the following questions.
• What observations do you have about these results?
• Does anything surprise you?
• What are you most proud of?
• What am I learning from the results?
• How can I improve on this data next year?
• Am I making progress on my vision for my school?
• What interventions/support do I need in order to improve?
4. Reflect on PLC Questions:
• What do students need to know and be able to do?
• How will we know when they have learned it?
• What will we do when they haven’t learned it?
• What will we do when they already know it?
5. Spend some time using the data to identify your strengths as a principal. Reflect on the 2-3 concrete things you do that contribute to your strengths.
6. Spend some time identifying your greatest opportunities for growth. Use TPS results and other data points that you have on your development areas, such as observation data from an evaluator or coach, your self-assessment of your professional practice, and data on your students’ learning outcomes. There are a number of strategies you could use to pinpoint development areas in the survey data, including but not limited to the following:
• Focus on one survey item in each element.
• Focus on all the survey items in a single element.
• Focus on the 3-4 items with the lowest scores.
Identify two or three immediate next steps that you can take to improve in your development areas, and infuse what you learn from the survey into other activities in which you reflect on your performance and how to improve.
7. Use Teacher Perception Survey results as an optional tool to inform goal setting and feedback conversations with your evaluator. Teacher input is a required component of your evaluation and will be used by your evaluator to inform the rubric.