National School Climate Survey
LGBT Students Experience Pervasive Harassment, But School-Based Resources and Supports Are Making a Difference
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The 2011 National School Climate Survey (pdf) demonstrates a continued decline in anti-LGBT language over the years, and for the first time the 2011 survey shows a significant decrease in victimization based on sexual orientation, although overall levels of anti-LGBT language and experiences of harassment and assault remain high. The survey has also consistently indicated that a safer school climate directly relates to the availability of LGBT school-based resources and support, including Gay-Straight Alliances, inclusive curriculum, supportive school staff and comprehensive anti-bullying policies.
The full 2011 National School Climate Survey report includes information LGBT middle and high school students' experiences with:
- Hearing biased language
- Experiences of harassment and assualt
- Discriminatory school policies and practices
- The availability and impact of supportive school resources
...as well as demographic and school characteristic differences and information about changes in school climate over time.
An archive of past versions of The National School Climate Survey is available here.