As providers of school survey programs , LifeTrack Services Inc. was recently featured in the November 2017 New York State School Boards Association “On Board” newsletter article entitled ” Surveying HS graduates helps districts improve.”
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
Schools 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.
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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With more schools reporting an increase in students taking college-level courses and graduating with college credits, are we really preparing them better for college? If more students are participating in Advanced Placement Exams, does that mean we are preparing them better? Who would know better than your graduates?
How many schools successfully follow-up with seniors 6-18 months after graduation? How many schools gather senior exit data as they prepare for graduation? Imagine being able to see the fruits of your hard work in preparing students for success in their chosen career. From their perspective, how well were they prepared and what could have been done better? Without this information, schools may just be missing out on the most valuable tools available in determining their success as an educational institution.
This monumental task just may be too cumbersome to ensure a successful outcome in-house. Sure, there are easy-to-use survey programs available on the internet. However, this is only part of the total equation. What about the time involved in formulating questions, distributing the surveys and keeping up with address changes of graduates? Then, there is the time-consuming task of producing the data in an easy-to-read format. There is also the issue of data integrity and making sure that each student who responds only takes the survey once. After all of this work, how many responses do you really get?
Businesses such as LifeTrack Services, Inc. offer a proven and secure third-party, unbiased approach to collecting and reporting both senior exit data and postgraduate data at 18 months and 5 years. LifeTrack touts their most popular Graduate Survey program which tracks your student from graduation for 5 years using all avenues for a response including traditional mail, follow-up calls, via a fully staffed call center, QR codes, email and text response. This gets your school the best response rate while saving you time and money allowing you to focus on your job and receive this valuable data.
Prices for the LifeTrack Graduate Survey program are an affordable $14.00 per student for this comprehensive service including the compilation reports as well as follow-up contact with the student. Given that schools invest $50-70,000 to educate a student from kindergarten to graduation, spending $13.50 to follow-up on this investment seems to just make good economic sense.
Contact LifeTrack Services at 800-738-6466, www.graduate-surveys.com
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
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. ”
West Aurora High School
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
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.
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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October 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