When Indianapolis Public Schools wanted to learn more about the climate and culture inside each district school, it went directly to the source — or sources — to gather the information.

In February, IPS’ Performance and Continuous Improvement Department launched three different versions of a Climate & Culture survey to gauge how staff, students (in Grades 3-12) and families think about their schools in a variety of areas — from belonging to engagement barriers to teacher efficacy.

The survey, which was open through March 15, was anonymous, giving participants an opportunity to answer questions honestly.

More than 16,000 staffers, students and families participated in the survey. Here are highlights from the results.