Athletic Surveys Provide a Path for Growth and “Ah-ha” Feedback for Coaches

Athletic Surveys As a business, we are privileged to be able to share the thoughts of clients who have used LifeTrack School Survey programs.    One such client is Bruce Brown, the current Executive Director of the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) and former Athletic Director of Uniontown Lake High School both from the great state of Ohio.   Bruce shares with us his thoughts on the benefits of LIfeTrack Athletic Survey programs both as an AD and as the Executive Director of the OIAAA.

“The surveys were excellent supplements to feedback processes we utilize for our seasonal athletic programs.  We have been oriented to creating “growth plans” rather than “gotchas” as assessment planning with our respective coaches.  As such, we have a culture of feedback in place with our teachers and coaches (although, it sometimes has some “sting” to it!).” “The data turned up by the student surveys was good in tracking trends and perceptions among the student-athletes.  As with most surveys, it either reinforced what we and/or the coach believed about how our kids feel about their sport/program/coach as well as provide some “ah-ha” feedback.  Most importantly, it provided us a survey tool that heretofore was difficult for us to secure from our students.  I also believe our students appreciated knowing there was a specific mechanism for them to provide us information as to what they are thinking.” Bruce Brown, Executive Director OIAAA Former Athletic Director Uniontown Lake High School, OH For more testimonials and information regarding LifeTrack Athletic Surveys, please visit www.AthleticSurveys.com

 

Surveys Can Help Gauge Student Interest in Sports

Female Tennis Player at NetSince Title IX was enacted as a portion of education amendments in 1972, many changes have taken place in Athletics, particularly for women.  Just imagine the number of female athletes participating in High School Athletic Competition increased from 7% in the early 1970’s to over 38% in the early 1990’s.  Over 42% of college athletes worldwide are now women competing in athletic sports activities.

Satisfaction with the Title IX law and its requirements have not been met without issues over the years and some schools have seen a decrease in Men’s Sports programs due to Title IX compliance.     There have been amendments and changes and there is no doubt that it has been a controversial stepping stone through the complex issue of gender discrimination in school athletics.

Satisfaction of any one aspect of the three prong test provides the government with the compliance that schools need to continue to receive federal funding and to satisfy Title IX requirements. One being that male and female athletes are proportionate in enrollment in sports programs. Two being that the school has a history of creating new opportunities and programs for female athletes or three by showing, that the interests of female students are fully accommodated.

Recent 2010 changes in the law states that schools can use a survey to satisfy a portion of the third prong of the compliance requirements in addition to other factors such as tracking athletic trends.   There have been many discussions over whether or not surveys portray a correct representation of female interests in athletics and activities.

One thing a survey can do is give your students a voice.  Washington State Schools is one such school community that continues to survey their students on their views and sports participation interest.    After the TItle IX legislation in 1972, Washington Stated enacted their own similar legislation to Title IX for school activities funded by the state.  For compliance with their own state, many schools utilize LifeTrack Services Inc.’s Title IX Survey Package.

The first 11 questions capture information outlined by the Washington State OSPI, the additional questions 12-23 can be customized by school to capture information desired from their students about the facility, equipment, coaches, etc.  Not only are they capturing a students interests in sports but their views about other areas of interest or possible improvement strategies for the school.

The debate will undoubtedly go on about Title IX compliance and the best way to measure equal opportunities in sports activities for students.  However you cannot deny that not only can it assist a school in compliance issues, surveys can give students a sense of commitment of the school to honor their needs and opinions and to let them know that they are being listened to.

Of course, a high response rate can lend more authenticity to your survey.  Stay tuned for our next discussion about how LifeTrack Surveys can gather the best rate of return for your school surveys.

Check out more about Title IX Surveys by following this link:  http://graduate-surveys.com/Title_IX_Interest_Survey.html

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!

 

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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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You can find more information on Snapshot Surveys as well as Graduate Surveys at
http://graduate-surveys.com/

 

October 2013 Roundup of Schools Enrolling in Student Survey Programs

Student WritingOctober has come and gone for 2013 and it has been a busy month.  Approximately 6,010 students were enrolled this month in Graduate Exit Survey and Athletic Survey Programs from LifeTrack Services.  States with schools enrolling this month include IA, KS, MO, MT, NY, PA, TX, WY, AR, MN, IL, AK, WA, WV, CA, ND, OH, OK and WI.  Wyoming had the most schools enrolled for this month with a total of 8. Texas came in a close second with seven schools enrolling their students for 2014 school year surveys.  New Schools enrolling their students include Lakeview Public School in Cottonwood, Minnesota, Brady High School and Trinity School, both in Texas and Litchville-Marion High School of Marion, North Dakota.

November will continue to be a busy month on the road for LifeTrack as we will be attending eight educational conferences from Nebraska to Washington State.   If you are attending a conference be sure to stop by our booth and say Hi!

You can always find out more about Graduate Surveys by LifeTrack Services, Inc. by visiting Graduate-Surveys.com and AthleticSurveys.com

 

 

LifeTrack Hits the Road with Graduate Exit Surveys for Schools

MO MSBA LifeTrack Booth smallFall school superintendent and principal conferences are in full swing this year. With 39 shows on the calendar, LifeTrack Services is scheduled to attend even more shows than the 2012 season.  From New York to California, attendees will be able to browse LifeTrack Services exhibit with information on all products and services including Middle School Surveys, School Snapshot Surveys, Athletic Surveys and the most popular Graduate Exit Survey program.   There are some great themes this year, Montana’s Conference is titled “Innovation and Choices in our Public Schools”, while New York’s NSSBA kicks off its 94th Annual Convention and Expo titled “The Power of Education”  later this month.    All in all, a great season and a chance to get that personal contact with potential customers and say hello to current customers in the area as clarified by Larry Ledgerwood, President of LifeTrack Services.

“We attend many trade shows and conferences each year.  They continue to carry on the importance of Face to Face conversations with customers about how the program is working for them while creating general awareness and other vendor contacts that might help to spread the word about LifeTrack.”

You can follow LifeTrack on the road at https://www.facebook.com/LifeTrackServicesInc
Also check out http://graduate-surveys.com/

Assistant Principal of Broken Bow Public Schools, Nebraska Shares His Thoughts about School Activity Surveys

broken bow hs“It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial letter for Life Track Services.  Life Track Services has a proven track record of working effectively with schools for over 20 years to serve their needs.    Broken Bow High School, in Broken Bow Nebraska, initiated, with the help of Life Track Services, a BBHS Activity Survey for parents through the course of the 2012-2013 school year.  This unconventional style of survey for a Nebraska School served Broken Bow High School with factual data that was used to help continued growth within our Activities Department.  Life Track not only addressed our school’s unique needs and requests, but also in a manner that is both economical and easily manageable. I would strongly recommend Life Track Services to any school wishing to survey their student activity participants, parents and/or staff. ”

Sincerely,broken bow schools
Ryan E. Hogue
Broken Bow Assistant Principal/ AD

Why Survey Your Students in 2014?

As the warm days of August fade into September, many of us, regardless of our age, are reminded that for 12 to 20 years of our lives we headed back to school during this time of year.   For High Schools across America, new students come to class, and graduates head out into the “real world.” The question is, how prepared are they?  The even bigger question is, how prepared will they think they were five years from now?  All of the money and time spent in altering curriculum, designing classroom structure and scheduling all to prepare students for their next step in life is great.  But, how well is it working?  Senior exit surveys are incredibly helpful in providing a benchmark of how your grads feel about where they are now, their plans and thoughts about how they intend to use their high school education and where they would like to be five years from now.  Graduate surveys that measure a students thoughts, not only as an exiting senior, but also at six months after graduation and at five years after graduation can give educators and school administration a good look at whether or not their curriculum and programs are working. How prepared were your students when they entered college or the working world and how have their views changed since graduation?  Imagine what just 10 years of data from your graduates could tell you about your efforts to send them into the world with the tools they need to be successful?  As schools start their new year, now is the time to get survey programs started and in the budget for 2014 grads. It’s time to start tracking those students you have given a strong start on their paths to success.    

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Graduates in Cap and Gown

As September approaches and summer fades into the cooler months of fall, wherever we are in life, we are always reminded that it is time for the majority of students to head back to school. Teachers prepare their curriculum, while this years’ seniors settle into their last year of High School.  Last years’ seniors have graduated and are on to another stepping stone on their journey to success and adulthood.  What really happens in the lives of all of these seniors after they graduate?  Do they go on to fulfill their dreams of college and a successful career?  Were they well prepared?  Do they think they were well prepared?  How can the accurate reporting of this data help schools in their quest to educate students to the best of their ability and to prepare them for life after HIgh School.

At LifeTrack, we deliver this data in a manner that no one else does.  We find out where your seniors are, in their paths to success, up to five years after graduation.  In this blog, we plan to look at everything from examples of how schools, armed with this data, have used it to improve curriculum and teaching practices to the thoughts and comments from actual graduates and their experiences.  Stay tuned for more posts as we explore The Power of Student Data……….