Category Archives: School Snapshot Surveys

Perception Data May Hold Key to School Improvement

Who can determine if a student has been harassed or bullied? Your students! Schools too often must focus on test scores, attendance data and discipline data in an effort to demonstrate adequate yearly progress. Rarely is perception data gathered and used as a tool for school improvement. LifeTrack School snapshot surveys have been administered as low as 4th grade through 11th grade. Perceptions regarding safety, technology and harassment, as well as other areas, can also benefit an overall education. When equipped with feedback from students, administrators can hold staff accountable for change. Education is a continually changing process. Feedback can help our schools act versus reacting. Feedback also gives a school board necessary tools for making decisions in the best interest of their districts. Nothing speaks stronger to a community than feedback from graduates. Student feedback can be the ultimate measure of a school’s success! For further information, please go to www.graduate-surveys.com

Graduate Surveys Reveal Career Readiness

Graduate SurveysSchools struggle to collect necessary data regarding how well their graduates were prepared for “life after high school”.  Graduate follow-up surveys can gather feedback from graduates that are college bound, entering the work force, serving our country in the military, or pursuing other paths.  More importantly, they collect perception data about their students’ experience.  Knowing how graduates feel about their preparation for life after graduation can help schools adapt to better prepare future students.

Too often, a school is evaluated based on how many graduates attend college. Since college is not feasible for all graduates, schools should not be penalized if graduates choose to work or enter the military.  If graduates are equipped with strong reading, writing, and math skills, they can enter the work force and fill jobs needed in every community while supporting themselves.  This is success by your school!

Regardless of what graduates choose to pursue after high school, they are the best source for identifying areas where your school is excelling, as well as areas that need improvement.  A school may have the most qualified teacher available for a subject.  However, students/graduates reporting that they were not prepared in that area reveals a focus for improvement.  On the other hand, if you have a teacher that can successfully connect with students,  their successful teaching style can be adapted to ensure ALL STUDENTS SUCCEED.

Schools that do not follow-up with their graduates, are missing a critical piece of their success.   Graduate follow-up is the ultimate measure of your school’s ability to prepare students for their lives after graduation.   Most schools spend $50-70,000 to move a student from kindergarten through graduation.  Don’t let that investment walk out the door without having the ability to use their experience for school improvement.

LifeTrack Services, Inc. can offer proven programs to gather feedback from students and graduates.  Their graduate follow-up approach is unique to all other school survey programs, utilizing every method available to obtain a response and maximize the response rate to your survey including a fully staffed call center,  online surveys, QR Codes, email and text.    High response rates and meaningful data are the key to your success with school surveys.  LifeTrack takes this burden off of school staff members and provides an affordable, secure method to magnifying their graduates success with surveys.

Visit www.graduate-surveys.com or call 1-800-738-6466 for more information.

Pennsylvania School Increases Survey Response Rate with LifeTrack Surveys

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center,  located in Pennsylvania,  reached out to LifeTrack Services, Inc.  for help with their state follow-up surveys. Previous year surveys, resulting in a 9.8% completion rate, resulted in a penalty issued by the state due to a poor response rate.  The search then began for an effective and affordable solution to increasing survey response rates among students.

After employing LifeTracks’ popular survey program, survey response rates went from 9.8% to 56.6%, almost a 47% increase, indicative that LifeTracks’ proven approach to graduate follow-up does yield results.  The difference from other standard survey programs is that they use every avenue possible to get a survey response from a student.  This would include the largest differential from other standard survey methods, a call center dedicated to contacting each student in multiple attempts using different methods.  From texting links to surveys, emails, letters with QR codes that students can scan with their smart phones to access surveys and calling cell and home phone numbers, LifeTrack gets the highest possible survey response rate.

Responses are tallied and presented in easy-to-read, usable pdf files to schools.  Uses for this data are endless for school administrators, districts, teachers, PTA leaders and community.  If you want feedback from graduates, LifeTrack Services is your one-stop solution!

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Provide Insight for Prior Years with Graduate Surveys

Graduates Are you new to surveying your graduates with LifeTrack Graduate Surveys?  If so, you may be reviewing your first set of reports and graphs, providing insight into your students thoughts and allowing you to evaluate your programs and assess your performance as an educational institution.  You may even be looking forward to adding more statistical data and tracking trends by surveying this years’ graduates.

Did you know you can survey prior year grads?  Look back into the past and evaluate the results of programs you may have added using prior year surveys.  We do the work for you using our fully staffed call center that sets LifeTrack apart from all other survey programs.  Get the best response rate possible, just as you do with current year surveys, by surveying for prior years and add to your knowledgebase of valuable information about your students.   Interested or wish to discuss the possibilities?  just call us at LifeTrack at 800-738-6466 or send an email to Larry@LifeTrack-services.com.

LifeTrack Services, Inc. Hits The Road to New Orleans

 

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As the National School Board Convention Attendees descend up on the always entertaining town of New Orleans this weekend, the annual NSBA exhibitors set up shop in the exhibit hall hoping to meet and greet with as many attendees as possible.  

LifeTrack Services will be hosting a booth at this years event.  Showcasing their always popular Graduate Follow-up Survey and Senior Exit Survey programs, they hope to be talking with their existing  clients and looking forward to meeting potential new ones.  

The fact that current LifeTrack Schools, utilizing the Graduate Follow-up program, enjoy a 60-65% response rate for their surveys taken at graduation, 6 months and again at 5 years is something to boast about.   Given that the national average is around 6-8% for using stamped envelopes  or other online survey methods, LifeTrack’s method of surveying through utilizing their fully staffed Call Center, based in in Clarkston Washington, really sets them apart from other Student Survey Methods and delivers the numbers to their schools.

 

So, if you happen to be browsing through the NSBA exhibit hall and ever wonder just how do the numbers really look for your school’s exiting seniors when it comes to college, vocational school, joining the workforce, military or just whether or not they took a successful path, stop by the LifeTrack Services Booth and check out what they have to offer.  Larry Ledgerwood, LifeTrack’s company President, and Bob Eichensehr, a retired school principal, who knows first hand about the benefits of school survey programs, will both be on hand to answer questions and discuss the benefits of surveys.

 

Have fun in New Orleans everyone!

 

Please visit 0on the web at www.graduate-surveys.com

Snapshot Surveys Provide Focus for Adding Staff to School

How do you measure your school climate? The power of the school survey is evident as many schools get a good idea of how they are doing from their student’s perspective by using LifeTrack’s Snapshot Survey.  Schools survey their students on a variety of topics ranging from how they feel about their school lunch program and their nutritional habits, do they feel safe in their school environment and are they challenged at what they are learning? Have they been bullied, or is harassment common on the school premises? If so, what type of harassment are they experiencing?  Some schools also survey their parents and/or community to get their perspective on school issues.

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The Possibilities for Snapshot Surveys are countless.  What kind of feedback/data would benefit your school?  Consider another way that you can use these helpful surveys by using them as a focus for where to add staff to your school.

Former School Principal at Lycoming Valley Middle School in Williamsport, PA, Bob Eichensehr, found school snapshot surveys could even help him in justifying budgeting for additional staff.

“In my school, I had one guidance counselor for approximately 550 students. For three years in a row, I asked my Superintendent and Board to provide an additional counselor. Each year the additional counselor was cut due to budgetary constraints. Finally, I put the question “Was your guidance counselor available to you?” on our student survey. The students responded overwhelmingly that their counselor was not available to them. The fourth year, I took the results of the student survey to my Superintendent and Board and they found the money to hire additional guidance staff for our school. I truly believe that the additional guidance counselor would have never been approved had it not been for the students’ survey responses.”

Monetary restraints are an issue for all schools and to have direction and perspective from your students can prove to be helpful in making useful budgeting choices for your school.
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