The stability of student ratings of the class environment

Peter M. Nelson, Gordon Hall, Theodore J. Christ

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The present study used data for 30 classes across 10 middle and high school teachers to evaluate the stability of class-level ratings on the Responsive Environmental Assessment for Classroom Teaching across time. Teachers collected data on 2 occasions and students’ ratings (N = 806) were aggregated to the class-level. Classes were arranged into 2 groups on the basis of the latency between repeated administrations (Mgroups = 8.1 and 15.1 weeks). Correlations between class ratings were slightly larger among classes in the first group (range=. 73 to. 87) relative to the second group (range=.62 to. 75) which had a larger gap in time between data collections. Results provide evidence for the stability of students’ perceptions of the instructional environment when those ratings are interpreted at the level of a class and support ongoing work to establish norms and benchmarks to guide interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)254-267
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied School Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 15 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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