Tag Archives: Senior Exit Surveys

Getting Started with a Senior Exit Survey

Most school boards have asked the administration what paths are our seniors pursuing? Wouldn’t it be nice to hand each board member a report documenting how many seniors plan to attend a 4-year college? How many plan to attend a two-year college or vocational school? How many seniors plan to enter the work force either full time or part time immediately? A customized senior exit survey can provide these answers as well how graduates responded to 15-22 customized questions regarding their high school experience and their perception of the education they received.

Were school counselors helpful in the selection of a path to follow after graduation?
Do graduates think they will be able to easily find a job that can support them?
Do students feel rules were enforced consistently and fairly?
Did school provide a safe learning environment?
The responses to these questions and more can be readily available for you to use as you review your strategic plan and school improvement goals.
Getting started has never been easier. You can gather feedback from your entire senior class with an online senior exit survey for $299 per school (regardless of how many seniors you graduate). Enroll by March 31, 2018 for an online survey and receive 7 additional questions FREE. We’ll even throw in an open-ended question or two if you’re interested! Paper surveys are still available for an additional printing fee and the formatting is restricted to the printed survey format.

If your school board appreciates the data and wants to take it to the next level, we also offer graduate follow-up surveys 18 months and 5 years after graduation. Upgrade your program by 07/31/18 and we’ll apply the $299 for the senior exit survey towards the cost of our comprehensive programs.
Act now. Contact the team at LifeTrack Services for an order form and begin enjoying your helpful data with this year’s seniors.

 

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

Last spring, a castudent girl in graduation cap with diplomareer and technical education
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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Not Surveying Grads? A Missed Opportunity for School Improvement?

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?

GraduatesHow 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