Engaging Students in their Surveys

What You'll Learn

Strategies for engaging students before, during, and after survey administration.

Why Engaging Students is Important

Our partners achieve the highest quality student data by building buy-in with students throughout the survey cycle. The chart below outlines the strategies that our schools and districts have found most successful in raising survey awareness and buy-in among students.

Take Action

Engaging Students Before Administering Surveys

  • Solicit student input on survey content
    • Hold focus groups
    • Poll students at an event
  • Thoughtfully schedule survey window
    • Designate a class period to complete the surveys
    • Plan for a makeup time for any absent students
    • Avoid school holidays and testing dates
  • Raise awareness in advance
    • Posters in schools (Student Voice Counts)
    • Encourage teachers to talk to students about the survey
  • Establish incentives for participation
    • School and/or class prize for highest response

Engaging Students During Survey Administration

  • Make response rates transparent
    • Give principals access to Panorama's Response Rate
    • Post "Progress Thermometer" within each school

Engaging Students After Administering Surveys

  • Increase visibility of data to students
    • Sample lesson plan for sharing results
    • Demonstrate value of feedback by sharing actions taken as a result of the data

Additional Resources

Learn more about how La CaƱada Unified School District improved visibility within their community.

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