Friday, March 14, 2014

Student Survey Information

Yesterday we administered two surveys at the high school - The Youth Risk Behavior Survey and the National Student Report to Congress.  These two surveys are mutually exclusive; there is absolutely no correlation between the two documents. A brief description of the two surveys follows. Please note that ALL NATIONAL STUDENT REPORTS TO CONGRESS HAVE BEEN SHREDDED. Please see below for more information.

  1.  The Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which was anonymous and voluntary, is used by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to develop health curriculum. The DESE requires towns to engage in local needs assessments to assist with identifying targets for health education. The Youth Survey, a survey in which we have participated in the past, is anonymous and will provide information that will assist in planning future adolescent health curriculum and initiatives. These anonymous surveys have been submitted to DESE.
  2. National Student Report to Congress, which was also a voluntary survey, included two sections. The first part of the survey, which asked students for their contact information, collected general information regarding potential college choices and areas of academic interest. The second portion of The National Student Report to Congress included a separate, anonymous component entitled, “Student Report Ballot,” which asked students to provide their anonymous opinions on topics such as the efficacy of Congress and the performance of the President. This portion of the survey did not include any student contact information; it was entirely anonymous.

Some parents have expressed concern about the inclusion of student contact information in the National Student Report to Congress. Thus, as noted above, in an effort to assuage any concerns regarding the inclusion of student contact information THE NATIONAL STUDENT REPORT TO CONGRESS SURVEYS HAVE BEEN SHREDDED.

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