Charting learning environments in Chicago

January 1, 1994

In 1994, the Chicago Public Schools surveyed 39,000 of its 6th, 8th, and 10th grade students about the extent to which their schools offered “student-centered learning climates.” The survey focused on feelings of safety, teaching caring, personalization, expectations, peer support, and classroom behavior. The survey was a major opportunity to take stock of district-wide reform efforts, and allowed data analysis on school-by-school and district-wide levels.