For the second year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District will administer a senior exit survey.
The goal of the survey is to provide an opportunity for graduating seniors to evaluate school programming and provide feedback on their educational experiences.
The surveys will be distributed to seniors in mid-April.
Pam Baker, a career and college specialist at Champlin Park High School (CPHS), was a member of the collaborative team that developed the senior exit survey.
Students were asked about short- and long-term plans as well as what college and career services, such as college entrance test practice sessions and career tour days in which they participated.
They were also asked to grade their schools on offering a variety of learning opportunities and how well the school prepared them to further their education and find a job.
“The survey helps us to know if we are meeting the needs of our students,” Baker said.
“It helps us to know what services we provide are helpful and what programs we need to look at. We need to make sure each student is prepared and has a plan after they graduate from high school.”
Last year’s survey found more than 65 percent of graduating seniors plan to earn a four-year degree or higher.
More than 80 percent of those students were confident they would reach this goal.
Students were more likely to perceive financial aid and difficulty of college courses as potential barriers for reaching their education goals.
Almost 70 percent of students said they felt connected to their high school.
Johnna Rohmer-Hirt, director of the research, evaluation and testing (RET), said her department is excited to continue to administer the survey to enable the district to identify trends in student perceptions.
With the success of last year’s survey, RET is expanding its work.
“We are in the first year of administering a ninth- grade survey with some of the same questions which will allow us to determine if students’ perceptions change over time as they advance through the offerings provided in the district,” Rohmer-Hirt said.
“These surveys, working in tandem, should provide valuable insight and, in conjunction with other information from additional sources, should impact the way in which we are able to better meet the needs of all of our students.”