(Update: added video, comments from the meeting)
Student perceptions are probed, compared to elsewhere
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Bend-La Pine School Board held a working session Tuesday night to understand and understand what students think about the school by reviewing their responses to the YouthTruth survey.
There was a presentation of the results of YouthTruth Student Survey (Item 5 of the agenda).
the YouthTruth Student Survey is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2008. According to the organization, “YouthTruth harnesses student perceptions to help educators and funders accelerate improvement.”
The survey has seven themes: engagement, academic challenge, culture, relationships, belonging and peer collaboration, college and career readiness, and emotional and mental health.
For each theme, local results are compared to schools nationally to see how students rate their school. It also compares student feelings on these themes in terms of remote and in-person learning.
The survey rating scores are measured by 1, 3, and 5. 1 was never satisfied, 3 was sometimes satisfied, and 5 was satisfied all the time.
During the meeting, board members had the opportunity to comment on the results.
“Only in the area of membership and career readiness was it better now than last year,” said board member Shirley Olson. “Everything else was not huge – differential, but at least noticeable.”
There is something his district does really well.
“It was really clear last year. It’s really clear this year,” said Dave VanLoo, director of school improvement. “I mean, that’s something that Bend-La Pine District does really well is build really strong relationships and culture.”
As always, the board discussed how best to use the survey results to help guide programs and decisions.
“Where do we see this and where do we want this to go, and how do we want to measure progress as a board,” said board member Melissa Barnes Dholakia.
The YouthTruth survey has already led to some local success. The Crook County School District used the results of its survey in its efforts to increase attendance.