What is the ISS-R Survey?

The Inviting School Survey-Revised (ISS-R) is a 50-item survey to be completed online by students, teachers, school staff, and parents/guardians. The survey is designed to measure the degree to which schools summon people to realize their potential in five basic dimensions: People, Places, Policies, Programs and Processes. 


  1. To learn how students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents perceive the school.
  2. To identify areas of weakness and strength in the school climate.
  3. To use as pre-post measures in assessing school improvement.
  4. To identify schools which are eligible to receive the Inviting School Award or the Fidelity School Awards.
  5. To obtain scores on five factors plus a composite (total) score.
  6. To compare your schools with others in our global community.

Cost and How to Order:
The free ISS-R is available for use by individual and institutional members of IAIE and can be accessed via your Membership Page. The Survey Registration Fee is $150.00, which includes fully disaggregated data and a detailed report.

All Inviting School Applicants complete the survey as part of their application process.  However, a school does not have to be an Inviting School Award Applicant in order to use the Survey.  (We do encourage all schools to participate in the Inviting School Award process, to receive international acknowledgement for your work in school climate.  Visit our Awards Page for more information.)

After you purchase your Survey,  you will will be able to access the survey on your Membership Page. Share your login information with any member of your administrative team, teachers, students, parents and staff you want to participate in your survey process. Be sure to contact us when your survey process is complete. We will not work with your data until you let us know that all surveys are in. Once you finish collecting the surveys, contact us and, since some of your survey participants may have been given access to your account, you should change your membership password to prevent unauthorized future access.

Research Assistance:
Individuals interested in using the ISS-R for research purposes (Master, Doctorate, Other) can access the PDF by becoming a Registered User of this website and then clicking the link for the survey on their Membership Page. Assistance in scoring and analysis of research data is available. Contact us for more information.

Guidelines for Collecting Responses:  
A minimum of 100 survey responses should be collected, however there is no limit as to the number of responses you may submit.  It is strongly suggested that a representative sample group is obtained.  Ideally, 30% Students, 30% Teachers, 30% Parents and 10% School Staff (e.g. Administrators, Counselors and Support Staff.)

How Is The ISS-R Administered and Scored?
The ISS-R is designed for online, self-administration.  Members of a school community or participants in a research study take the ISS-R individually and their results are compiled for their assigned school or group. Most respondents complete the survey within 20 minutes or less. Scores for schools or other groups are compiled in spreadsheets.  Each participating school/district will receive a detailed report.

Additional Resources to Guide Your School Climate Initiative:
The new Invitational Education Toolkit is a comprehensive professional development program providing a step-by-step plan and materials to help your school create an optimal learning environment. Check the IE Store for updates.

For further information about the Survey please refer to the Inviting School Survey (Revised) Manual, which includes important information regarding new translated versions and the higher education version of the survey.

For any additional questions, please contact us.


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