School Improvement Network Releases Results of Guns & School Safety Survey

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Survey Included 10,661 Respondents Throughout All 50 States.

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School Improvement Network, the leader in educator effectiveness resources and training, today released the results of the company’s latest national survey titled, “Guns and School Safety.” More than 10,600 K-12 educators responded, revealing a consensus of educator sentiment about how safe schools are in light of the recent Sandy Hook shooting, and what should be done to ensure student and educator safety.

“Creating a safe environment where students can learn is vital to their success,” said Chet Linton, CEO and president of School Improvement Network. “Educators are experts in their field and while there is a great deal of discussion in political and legislative arenas, we were concerned that educators had not been represented in the conversation. As experts, we need educators to weigh in on how they see school safety and what measures make sense to them. It is important to provide a way for educators’ voices to be heard.”

School Improvement Network has more than 900,000 educator subscribers it regularly surveys on current issues and future policy in education. The response to this survey was significant with 10,661 respondents during the survey which was conducted between January 23 and January 29 of this year.

The survey revealed several key insights:

  •     91.6% of educators say they feel safe in school and 94.5% believe their students feel safe, but only 68.9% say their school is safe from gun violence
  •     68.2% of schools have increased security since the Sandy Hook shooting, including 33.1% that are locking more doors and 10% that have increased police presence on campus
  •     72.4% of educators say they would not bring a firearm to school if allowed, though 87.8% say an armed guard on campus would improve safety

A complete report of survey results and graphics can be found at


About School Improvement Network

Founded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and arms educators with a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System produce better teachers, and as a result experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student test scores by as much as 30 percent in a single year. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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Abigail Shaha
School Improvement Network

Jennifer Webb
Coltrin & Associates (for School Improvement Network)
212-221-1616 ext. 102

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