MCHS measures school climate


For the first time last spring, Moffat County High School began an effort to gauge the climate and satisfaction of students, their parents and teachers at Moffat County High School.

Surveys were distributed to all three groups starting what will now become an annual process at the school, said Moffat County High School Principal Jane Krogman.

School improvement is an ongoing cycle, she said.

"We will administer the surveys for the next four years and use the data to see if we've improved," she said. "These are instruments we are going to use for continual growth."

The data from last year's surveys have been compiled and school administrators have proposed three goals for improvement.

They are:

  • Improved communication among students, teachers, administrators and parents.
  • Improved math skills.
  • Improved literacy skills.

The MCHS Parent Advisory Committee must now approve those goals and will then be taken back to students and staff for discussion on ways to work toward those goals, Krogman said.

One area in which scores were low was student peer and teacher relationships.

"One of the biggest areas of concern to me was students and parents don't feel they have input on what happens in the school," Krogman said.

Brainstorming needs to be done to figure out ways to better open the lines of communication between administrators, teachers, students and parents, she said.

Last spring, students, parents and teachers completed both climate and satisfaction surveys.

The climate surveys were the same for all three groups, while the satisfaction surveys asked different questions of each.

Out of the 770 students in Moffat County High School, 209 completed the climate survey and 234 completed the satisfaction survey.

All faculty at the school were given the surveys and 44 teachers completed both.

One area the school would like to improve upon, Krogman said,

was parent participation in the surveys.

About 50 percent of parents,

randomly selected, were given surveys.

Of those 390 parents solicited, only 15 completed the climate surveys and 19 completed the satisfaction survey.

Krogman said several factors might have played into the low

number of parent responses including:

  • A perception that the input would not be valued or taken seriously.
  • Parents who thought MCHS is doing a good job and did not think there was a need to complete the surveys.

This year, the school hopes to boost the number of parents who fill out surveys by asking parents to complete them at parent-teacher conferences and encourage parents to return surveys through phone calls and letters.

Josh Nichols can be reached at 824-7031 or

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