What should I consider when interpreting my results?
As with all data, it is important to consider whether your results are accurate and reliable. In considering this, there are a few key things to keep in mind.
- Sample size: This is particularly important for small schools or the parent and teacher surveys where the number of respondents may be smaller. The larger your sample size, the more accurate and reliable your results will be. Using the drill-down functionality in Tell Them From Me’s interactive charts will also reduce the sample size you are looking at and the variability of the data may increase.
- Representativeness: If your school has decided to survey only a section of your student population, be mindful of whether the survey is representative. Students in the survey sample should come from across all year levels and they should have been chosen to complete the survey at random.
It is also important to be realistic about what your results are telling you about your school, rather than singling out specific items because they are positive.