Monday, April 15, 2019

Now Live: 2019 National School Climate Survey from GLSEN

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Today, thousands of students across the country joined in solidarity for the Day of Silence to show support for LGBTQ youth. As part of this day of action, students are finding ways to “break the silence,” and one of the many ways to do so is by sharing their stories and telling us about their experiences in their schools.

That’s why we launched the 2019 National School Climate Survey today.

You can take the survey at glsen.org/survey or in Spanish at glsen.org/encuesta.

To share the survey with LGBTQ youth, visit glsen.org/sharesurvey.

What is the National School Climate Survey?

The National School Climate Survey is the only national survey that specifically examines the experiences of LGBTQ youth at school, and has served as a critical resource for the field of research on LGBTQ youth for the last 20 years. Administered biennially, the survey asks youth about their experiences with victimization at school, hearing biased language from students and school staff (e.g., homophobic and racist remarks), and other factors that affect their overall feelings of comfort and safety at school. Additionally, the survey examines the presence of LGBTQ supportive resources in US schools and the effect they have on school climate. The most recently released report – the 2017 National School Climate Survey – is available at glsen.org/nscs.

Why is the National School Climate Survey important?

The National School Climate Survey is the one of the cornerstones of GLSEN’s advocacy, programming, and public awareness activities. GLSEN, other organizations, and the media regularly use the information gleaned from the survey to educate the public, elected officials, and other key stakeholders regarding the environments that LGBTQ students confront at school every day.

Who is the Survey for and who should take it?

The survey is specifically for LGBTQ youth or youth who identify within the LGBTQ umbrella –e.g. genderqueer, pansexual, etc. This survey is NOT for youth who are cisgender and heterosexual
Students must:
  • Have attended high school or middle school during the past school year (2018-2019). Youth who did not complete the entire 2018-2019 school year are eligible, as long as they attended school at some point during this school year.
  • Attended a school located in the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory (i.e. Puerto Rico)
  • Be at least 13 years old (in order to adhere to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act