The PBL Survey can be used to gather baseline, interim, and summative data on the understanding and use of the essential elements of the PBL as defined by the Buck Institute for Education. The items are drawn from and aligned with the advanced level of the rubric.
Teachers should use the survey items to self-rate themselves and gather descriptive evidence of current practices that match the essential elements of PBL. Individual and team composite scores can be used as a measure of PBL understanding and use. Participation in the survey and follow-up discussions provide opportunities to become more familiar with the PBL vocabulary and concepts, as well as generate ideas for a better implementation of targeted PBL elements.
This tool provides baseline and summative ratings of PBL practice and can document evidence of improvement. The results can be used to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as inform improvement goals and instructional strategies to try. Although this tool has been organized to parallel the steps of backwards design, it provides further clarity on the specific features of PBL (e.g., student voice and choice; solving real-world problems; etc.) This tool is most useful for gathering baseline and summative scores.
- The PBL Survey can be used to gather early data for a solid baseline.
- An interim (mid-year) and summative (end-of-year) administration can provide multiple data points across a school year, as well as check-in points for your PLC to make strategic decisions about what strategies they have tried and what they should test next.
- The PBL Checklist can then be used as a “light weight” interim measure to help monitor progress and collect timely evidence to support later survey ratings.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to administer. A coach or team leader can use a spreadsheet to calculate the average team scores for each item (approximately 15 minutes). The results can then be used to inform a discussion of goals and strategies (up to 30 minutes). The administration of this tool can be done as a team or individually. Preferably, everyone on the team should participate in taking the survey to get a more accurate team score. Having team members take it outside of your PLC meeting will save your team planning time, and allow the coach or team leader to prepare the team scores and focused questions to guide the discussion around the findings. You can do this process using a paper survey, but a an online survey tool or digital form that exports to a spreadsheet will expedite the data entry, aggregation, sharing, and use of the findings.