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Oswego Student Survey Set for Next Week

Student responses will be confidential, according to the district.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Starting Monday, Oswego School District 308 students in grades 6-12 will take a survey addressing issues from bullying to homework.

"We are conducting this survey as part of a nationwide study that measures and compares a variety of factors across the school district," the district said on its website, adding the survey is "part of our efforts to improve every aspect of our school district."

The survey, which will be administered during the school day between Monday, March 3 and Friday, March 7, will measure student engagement and satisfaction "and is an important measurement in determining potential areas of improvement. "

Themes addressed on the survey include:
  • School climate
  • Bullying
  • Academics
  • Homework
  • Positive relationships
  • Voice and choice
  • Feedback and goal setting
  • Engaged learning
  • Flexible teaching styles
  • Technology
The survey will be administered by the National Center for School Leadership as part of a nationwide effort conducted each year. According to the district, using a third party will help keep student responses confidential.

Survey results will be shared with the Board of Education and made available to the public this spring.
Jane Enviere February 27, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Sounds like a good opportunity for students to be heard. I wish parents had an opportunity to provide feedback on their elementary student's experience in an anonymous fashion. It would be great to be able to provide feedback, both positive and negative, without getting entangled in school politics and gossip.
Paul L. February 27, 2014 at 03:01 PM
@Jane Yes, and even better would be to reach out to end of year college Freshmen to see if high school prepared them or not. Considering Dr. Wendt just was quoted to say D308 puts more kids into WCC than other Districts, and are being required to take remedial classes speaks volumes.
ceebee March 04, 2014 at 09:38 AM
How about less standardized tests?! Testing MAP 3x/year and ISAT 1 x/year is proving nothing. It is taking away from valuable time that could be used to prepare these kids for HS and college. Plus the teachers are forced to teach to the test booklet. Thats not how kids should be taught! BTW, students can refuse to take ISATs.
missmary March 04, 2014 at 11:03 AM
Having had a senior graduate in 2013 (top 15%, AP & Honors) and go to a private liberal arts college with scholarships and watch her struggle quite a bit this year, it makes me wonder how truly "college prepared" the students really are. I've taught college classes, both to adults and to new college students and I have to say that in the past 10 years since the trend to "teach toward the tests", incoming college students are far less prepared toward the rigors of college level academia than they used to be. Even the college prep classes, honors classes and AP classes are no longer true prep classes and still focus strictly on boosting the schools tests. I would be exceptionally interested to see surveys of not only 308 students, but other college freshmen who came from public and private schools (as well as homeschooled individuals) to see where they felt they were best prepared, and what sort of curriculium they followed.

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