Survey groups let you visualize schoolwide data in smaller clusters. Possible groupings might be based on grade, department, or specialty.

Grouping is completely up to the Four Pillars Administrator; there are many ways to do it effectively. That being said, there are some general best practices. Here are some effective strategies that our schools have used when creating groups:

  1. Remember the 3-person rule. In order to maximize individual privacy, we created a rule where groups must contain 3 or more members. Aggregating 3+ data sets together ensures that everyone’s privacy is maintained. This means that two person teaching teams and smaller working groups may need to be combined so that you can fulfill the 3-person group rule.
  2. Remember the copycat rule. A person can only exist in one group at a time. Otherwise, their data would be counted more than once, making their response more significant than others’ responses to the aggregate Favorability score.
  3. Break up 10. You can have unlimited participants in a group. Even so, it can be helpful to notice when a group can be broken up to provide more detailed information on a smaller cluster of teachers and staff members. If you notice that a group has grown to 10 people or more, consider breaking it into one or two smaller groups. If a large group makes sense, by all means keep it.
  4. Group by Grade. The vast majority of schools using our analytics platform divide their teachers and staff by grade level first. Depending on your school size, you can create groups on every individual grade, or by clusters of grades (e.g., primary, intermediate, middle school, etc.).
  5. Group by Specialty. Once you have created groups based on grade, you can then add in your other staff members (e.g., office staff, maintenance, security, etc.). This is where you can group teaching staff that are involved with all grades (e.g., physical education, music, art, etc.).

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