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Athletic Surveys for Students of all grade levels

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.

McKinney ISD Finds Value to End of Season Athletic Surveys

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Surveying your students, tabulating and presenting the results can be a time-consuming task.  McKinney ISD has found that using LifeTrack Athletic Surveys helps their programs and keeps them moving in the right direction.

“We began using LifeTrack Services this year for an end of season survey for all of our high school sports.  After finishing our fall sports this year I would say that we will be using this service for a long time.  The feedback we have received from our athletes and parents has been very valuable for us as we evaluate and make decisions on how to improve moving forward.  We have used the surveys to evaluate our programs and to have great conversations with our head coaches, helping them and their programs grow in the right direction.”

Shawn Pratt                                                                                                        McKinney ISD Director of Athletics 10-5A DEC ChairRegion 3 Director – THSADA 469.302.4184

LifeTrack Surveys Provide Great Feedback and Fulfill Title IX Requirements for Aurora, Illinois Schools

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At LifeTrack Services, Inc., we value each and every one of our schools that we work with.  One such school district is located in Aurora, Illinois where an Athletic Director for West Aurora High School shares his comments about using  LifeTrack Surveys for their Athletics and Title IX requirements.

“LifeTrack Services surveys have been very instrumental in providing excellent feedback for our Athletic Programs. The questions asked of our athletes provided us opportunities to work with our coaches to identify areas of future focus within each program. In addition, we were able to address some facility concerns that were raised that may have otherwise flown under the radar.

The best part of the process was the simplicity. For our Athlete Satisfaction survey we took no more than ten minutes at the beginning of a practice toward the end of the season for every team. Once we had all of the surveys completed, they were sent to LifeTrack, who turned around with a nicely presented statistical breakdown of all the data from each question. The coaches loved the idea of getting great feedback without losing valuable practice time. While these surveys were not used in an evaluative mode, they did provide some discussion points during the evaluation meetings.

In addition, we also utilized the Title IX surveys for our high school and four middle schools. We surveyed random students at the high school and all eighth graders at the middle schools. These were utilized much in the same fashion, taking approximately ten minutes out of a study hall to survey, then sending them out to be scored. Results were back within two weeks in electronic form, as well as in a bound booklet.

I whole-heartedly appreciate the work that Larry and his staff has done to provide such vital information for our high school to improve what we do and how we do it. ”

Jason Buckley

Athletic Director
West Aurora High School

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

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