Professional Learning Communities Assessment-Revised

The Professional Learning Communities Assessment-Revised (PLCA-R) measures staff perceptions of school practices related to six dimensions of professional learning communities (PLCs). The questionnaire consists of statements about practices that can occur in schools. Respondents use a 4-point scale to indicate the degree to which they agree or disagree with each statement.

The PLCA-R reports scores along the following six dimensions:

  1. Shared and Supportive Leadership
  2. Shared Values and Vision
  3. Collective Learning and Application
  4. Shared Personal Practice
  5. Supportive Conditions-Relationships
  6. Supportive Conditions-Structures

More information:

Benefits of Using the Online PLCA-R:

  • Ease of use: The online version of the PLCA-R enables you to quickly customize and deploy the questionnaire and to report the results as soon as participants have completed it. Reports automatically graph the data and calculate the mean and standard deviation for each dimension.
  • Customization: You can add up to 20 custom questions to gather demographic information and provide subgroup identifiers. These identifiers can later be used to generate subgroup reports showing slices of the data (e.g., School A, School B, School C; teachers with less than and more than 3 years of experience).
  • Multiple views of the data: Reports can show scores and graphs for individuals, an entire group, or any subgroup you defined. You can also add report graphs to an online clipboard to generate a custom multiline graph that visually compares and contrasts the scores for different groups, subgroups, or individuals.

How to Order:

The PLCA-R survey online was a service available from SEDL from 2010-2016. We are no longer offering this service online for new customers. Existing customers are able to continue using the full features of the PLCA-R survey site and service until December 31, 2017. At the end of 2017, this resource will be sunset and removed from the website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Brian Litke at

You may contact the authors of the PLCA-R if you are interested in using the PLCA-R in a paper format. Click here to download Word documents for the PLCA-R survey and a guide to Assessing and Analyzing the PLCA-R.


The pricing is $0.50 per questionnaire completion, with a 25 questionnaire minimum order. Therefore, if you have 100 people who you would like to complete the questionnaire, you would need to purchase a quantity of 100 (e.g. 100 questionnaire completions x $.50 = $50). If you would like the same 100 people to take the questionnaire twice during the year, to see how their concerns have changed over time, you would need to purchase 200 questionnaires.

Background Information for the PLCA-R and Copyright Ownership

Background information about the development and administration of the PLCA-R is available in chapter 4, “Assessing and Analyzing Schools as Professional Learning Communities” by Dianne F. Olivier and Kristine Kiefer Hipp, in the Rowman & Littlefield Education book Demystifying Professional Learning Communities: School Leadership at Its Best, ©2010. You can buy a copy of this book from the publisher, Rowman & Littlefield Education or from

You can contact the editors and copyright holders of the book and the PLCA-R, by e-mail: Kristine Kiefer Hipp at and Jane Bumpers Huffman at For information about the PLCA-R, you can contact Dianne F. Olivier at Through an agreement with the editors, SEDL is providing access to the online version of the PLCA-R.

Video 1 of 3: Introduction to the PLCA-R Online

Video 2 of 3: Customizing the Questionnaire

Video 2 of 3: Viewing the PLCA-R Reports