K-2 (Prereader) Survey Forms

The prereader forms should be as visual as possible. We recommend printing each item on a separate colored page, to make 7 or 8 page booklet (about 3 x 8 "). The marking codes can be faces: smile for "Yes," straight mouth line for "Sometimes," and frown mouth for "No."

The items can be read one by one by the clerk, who checks to make sure all students are on the same color. A large chart for the clerk to point to is helpful.

The following items have worked well:


I am able to do the work in class

Teacher is kind and friendly

I learn new things in this class

My teacher is a good teacher

Teacher shows us how to do new things

The rules in class help us to learn

I know what I am supposed to do in class


Use of prereader surveys not only gives useful estimates for teacher evaluation, it also begins to orient students at a very early age to the procedure and expectation for feedback.

Driscoll, A., Stevens, D. & Peterson, K. (1990). Teacher evaluation in early childhood education: What information can young children provide? Child Study Journal, 20, 67-79.

Driscoll, A., Peterson, K., Crow, N. & Larson, B. (1985). Student reports for primary teacher evaluation. Educational Research Quarterly, 9 (3), 43-50.

Here are web sites of two districts that use prereader forms:

Davis School District, Utah http://www.davis.edu/staffdev/eas/index.htm

Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools, http://admin.sbo.wjcc.k12.va.us/public/teacheval.html