Our superintendent asked the district for volunteers to pilot standardized class evaluations, one designed by the MA Department of Education and one by Tripod (which, my impression is, is a private educational firm, but I don’t know much about it beyond the name and their survey).

The DESE survey was a GoogleForm, shareable via a link to as many students as we wanted. The Tripod survey was restricted to a fixed number of students and was a proprietary format. (The Tripod process was either a bit lost on me or not entirely clear; teachers ‘enrolled’ classes, part of which was specifying the number of students in the class. Tripod then issued codes for each of the students, but only one class could be enrolled. Tripod issued more codes than were students (just under twice as many) but still a restricted number. By coincidence, I had first enrolled (thinking I could enroll more) my smallest class, so I received about the lowest number of codes possible. I did have enough, however, to use the Tripod survey with the class I wanted to because of the extra codes.)

It does seem that both surveys tend to favor certain subjects, namely English and History, or at least the more open-ended subjects, by virtue of the questions that focus on discussion, sharing of ideas, etc. That’s not to say of course that those things don’t happen in other disciplines, but that they likely happen more organically and naturally in some subjects more than others.

This is the class with which I used both surveys. The DESE survey is at the top and Tripod is below.

With that said, here are the results. Blue is strongly agree, red is agree, orange is disagree, green is strongly disagree.

DESE Survey

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Tripod Survey

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