December 2020 Student Equity & Inclusion Survey Results
The Kent School District (KSD) Equity Council believes our students' voices can serve as a compass, helping us as teachers, district leaders, and parents identify specific levers to pull to improve equity in education, in our community, our nation, and our world.
In December 2020, students in grades 6-12 were asked to complete the Student Equity and Inclusion Survey. All questions were optional, and responses are anonymous.
Here are some key takeaways that the Equity Council has gleaned:
- 4,762 students responded representing 34% of KSD students in 6-12 grade.
- At least one student from every school building and academy responded. To protect our students, survey results on our dashboard cannot be filtered by any category that includes less than 10 student responses.
- 89% of KSD students responded that adults treat people from different races, ethnicities, or cultures fairly or extremely fairly.
- 86% of KSD students responded that students treat people from different races, ethnicities, or cultures fairly or extremely fairly.
- While 84% of students answered they have classes with students from different racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds, only 29% of students responded they spend time daily outside of school with students who are different from them.
- Overall, students that responded to the survey feel they belong at least somewhat at their school. In contrast, 21% who responded they feel little belonging, or they don't belong at all.
- 83% of students that responded strongly agree or agree their teachers care about their learning.
- 60% of students responded strongly agree or agree they are comfortable talking to most of their teachers if they need help in class.
- 60% of students responded strongly agree or agree they see people of many races, cultures, religions, and genders represented in textbooks and assigned classwork, but 14% strongly disagreed or disagreed with the same statement.
- 39% of students that responded strongly agree or agree they have opportunities in class to talk about race.
- 30% of students that responded strongly agree or agree they have opportunities in class to talk about gender and gender identity.
- Regarding safety and discipline, of the students that responded to the survey, 80% of students who answered the question strongly agree or agree they are treated fairly.
- 67% of students that responded strongly agree or agree that teachers consistently enforce school rules.
- 69% of students who responded strongly agreed or agreed they felt welcome in their classrooms, while 7% disagreed or strongly disagreed.
KSD students had the opportunity to respond to the question, "Is there something your school can improve to support students of all races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and genders?" This was an open-ended question that students could type-in their response to, and like all other questions in the survey was optional. 2,930 students responded to this question; 1,832 students skipped this question. Read all student responses.
The Equity Council noticed 20 themes in the nearly 3,000 responses after reading through the individual comments, this list of themes is not exhaustive, and many comments could be categorized in more than one theme:
- No, nothing, I don't know, not sure, nothing I can think of
- Teach more curriculum about different races, ethnicities, or cultures
- No improvements needed, school is good
- Talk more about races, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and genders
- Gender equity
- Treating each other better
- More recognitions about race, ethnic, culture, and religious holidays
- More races, ethnicities, or cultures clubs, assemblies, and events
- Listen and respect each other
- Racism and racist language need to stop
- Make schools more welcoming and kind
- Discipline should be unbiased
- Different while online learning
- Be more inclusive
- More diverse representation in staff and curriculum
- Stop Bullying
- Dress codes are gender and culturally biased
By asking students to reflect on their equity and inclusion experiences in our schools, the Equity Council believes that education leaders within KSD can use the actionable data to understand and improve our schools' racial and cultural climate and our district.
The results of this survey are not only being shared with our KSD staff and community, but the Equity Council is continuing to study the data and open-ended comments to help inform future work, including race and equity policy and procedure updates, supports for school-based equity teams, and other objectives of the Equity Council.
This Equity and Inclusion Survey will be administered to students annually. As the Equity Council continues to grow and support throughout the district to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, there may be an opportunity to develop a survey for students in younger grades and staff in the future. The Equity Council members volunteer their time outside of work and home responsibilities. Their time is appreciated as this work supports our districts' efforts in successfully preparing all students for their futures.