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    Revised Demographic Student Climate Survey Questions
    Posted on 04/29/2021

    Revised Demographic Student Climate Survey Questions

    Seattle Public Schools values all students and makes every effort to make visible the varied experiences of young people in our schools. When students see themselves reflected in the curriculum, in the classroom, and in their communities, they feel safe, welcome, and more connected to school.

    In support of this effort, and in response to student need, SPS will continue to engage in programs and practices that lift up and reflect all students' identities and experiences.

    In large and small ways, we are improving our practice to better serve all students. Some examples of these changes include:

    To better represent all students, and in response to student need, SPS will be using newly developed gender identity and sexual orientation questions on district-developed surveys. While many student surveys have already included questions about gender identity and sexual orientation, the updated questions better reflect the language being used by students. Review the revised survey questions.

    District surveys will include gender identity questions for grades 3-12 and will include the sexual orientation questions for grade 6-12. Seattle Schools has included both gender identity questions and sexual orientation questions in surveys over the past 10 years. These newly modified questions were developed with student, staff, and family input, and reflect the shift in language seen in similar questions being used in districts across the country.

    Seattle Public Schools recognizes the importance of making student experiences and identities visible. We also value the identity safety of all students. To that end we will intentionally and purposefully recognize and celebrate the many identities our students hold. We are proud to support all 53,000 students across the district.

    To support conversations at home, the district offers the following resources.

     

    Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Question for Student Surveys

    Elementary

    Which of the following best describes your gender identity? (Check all that apply)

    • Girl
    • Boy
    • Non-Binary
    • Transgender
    • Cisgender
    • Questioning/not sure
    • Something else fits better (please write in here):

    Secondary

    Which of the following best describes your gender identity? (Check all that apply)

    • Non-Binary
    • Transgender
    • Girl/Woman
    • Boy/Man
    • Cisgender
    • Questioning/not sure
    • Something else fits better (please write in here):

    Which of the following best describes your sexual orientation? (Check all that Apply)

    • Bisexual
    • Lesbian
    • Gay
    • Queer
    • Pansexual
    • Asexual
    • Heterosexual (straight)
    • Questioning/not sure
    • Something else fits better (please write in here):
    • I do not know what this question is asking