Using Data to Improve Schools Project (UDISP)

The UDISP is a project our office has been doing with the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) since 2014-15. Each year we work with MPS to administer the Essentials of School Culture and Climate (ESCC) survey to all staff and 4th – 12th grade students. The ESCC is a research-based instrument that is loosely based on the 5Essentials Survey, designed by the Consortium of School Research at the University of Chicago. Questions included in the survey are based on a large body of research about what is important for turning low-performing schools around. These include questions about Effective Leadership, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, Collaborative Teachers, and Ambitious Instruction. Previous research suggests that being strong on these measures of school climate makes a school 10 times more likely to demonstrate significant academic improvements.

Each year, we provide all participating schools with reports of how their staff and students responded to the questions of the ESCC. These reports are stored on the www.udisp.com website. Results from the most current year are embargoed until the spring of the following year. Results from previous years are publicly available.

Use the links below to take the ESCC (Surveys open from January through March)

4th and 5th grade students take survey by clicking here

4th and 5th grade Spanish speaking students take survey by clicking here

6th through 12th grade students take survey by clicking here

6th through 12th Spanish speaking students take survey by clicking here

MPS contracted schools staff take survey by clicking here

MPS staff take survey by clicking here

For information about the School Climate Survey, please refer to the following documents:

School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – Arabic (PDF)
School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – Burmese (PDF)
School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – English (PDF)

School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – Hmong (PDF)
School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – Karen (PDF)
School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – Somali (PDF)
School Climate Survey Parent Information Letter – Spanish (PDF)

To see the survey questions, please choose a link below.

4th – 5th Grade School Climate Survey – English (PDF)
6th -12th Grade School Climate Survey – English (PDF)
6th -12th Grade School Climate Survey – Spanish (PDF)
MPS Staff School Climate Survey (PDF)