To: School officials at Character Elementary School From: Clete Bulach, Director Professional Development and Assessment Center Date: 5 - 29 - 2008 Re: Character data The results of the character trait survey are attached. You will find a graph of the scores for all students for each of the 16 character traits. If you will recall the scale, "Almost never" is scored as a "1.0" and an "Almost always" is scored as a "5.0," and a "sometimes is scored as a "3.0." Negative behaviors are reverse scored. For example, if students respond with “a lot” to item # 78 (students use cuss words) a score of “4.0" becomes a “2.0.” Scores approaching a “2.0" can be interpreted as your weakest areas. Scores above a “3.0" and close to a “4.0" are your strongest areas. Please view the attached graph which groups all behaviors for each character trait to determine your strengths and weaknesses. In order to determine why one trait is high or low, look at the enclosure titled "SELECTED CHARACTER VALUES AND THEIR CORRESPONDING BEHAVIORS" All of the behaviors that measure a given trait are grouped for each of the 16 traits. To the left of each item under the heading "Mean Score" is the average score for that behavior. Scores of 4.0 or better indicate areas where students "perceive" that the behavior is present. Scores below 4.0 indicate areas which could be improved. Keep in mind that some (those underlined) items are reverse scored, e.g. item # 78. Students agreed with that item and the score was reversed. Regarding the character graph, a comparison of 2002 scores with 2005 scores revealed the following: There was an improvement in all sets of scores, and there was an improvement in the overall average. That is excellent! Keep up the good work! There were five scores of 3.0 or higher in 2002; as compared to 2005, where there were fifteen. The score on respect is approaching 4.0! Regarding the character report, a comparison of 2002 scores with 2005 scores revealed the following: There were no scores of 4.0 or higher in 2002; as compared to 2005, where there were two. In 2002, there were 54 scores below 3.0 as compared to fifteen in 2005. A worthy goal would be to increase several scores to 4.0 or higher and eliminate as many scores below 3.0 as possible. A possible character improvement plan would be to focus on one character trait an entire semester so you could involve the parents and community. You could continue with your current plan, and add the emphasis on one trait such as courtesy or respect for others. If I can be of assistance in interpreting your data or developing your plan to improve these behaviors, please let me know. It was a pleasure to be of service!
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