We are pleased to release the final County-level report for the
Adams County Student Survey 2015
As a data-driven partnership, the intention of collecting data is to improve outcomes for students by identifying what works, leverage points and aligning resources. The survey provides insight into aspects of students’ lives that are not directly measured by grades and test scores but have a profound impact on academic outcomes. ACYI believes in using data to improve cradle to career outcomes.
Highlights: 2015 trends for selected survey topics
School Climate/ Engagement:
- Teacher/Staff support: We saw large increases in both middle and high school students’ reports that there is a teacher or other adult at school who they can talk to if they have a problem (4.1% increase for middle school, and 3.8% increase for High School). There were similar increases in the proportion of students who said they would report other students’ dangerous behavior, and that students tell teachers or staff when other students are being bullied. These were among the largest changes observed in this year’s survey.
- Bullying/fighting: Among middle schools students, there were statistically significant increases in students reports that they have been bullied physically (hit, kicked, or punched) at school; and verbally. The largest changes observed were that both middle and high school students showed a decrease in reporting that someone had said something bad about them because of their weight, height, or physical appearance.
- Substance Use: After remaining fairly constant for the past two years, this year we saw decreases in both middle and high school students’ reported use of alcohol. High school students also showed a 3.1% decrease in reports of marijuana use; however marijuana use did not change substantially among middle schools students.
- “Social Norms”: For the second year in a row, both middle and high school results showed large decreases in students’ perceptions of their peers’ use of all substances. Still (as in past years) we see that students overestimate the substance use of their peers by 3-4 times the rates of actual reported use. Also of interest – in the past 3 years perceived use of marijuana surpassed that of alcohol; despite the fact that actual reported use of alcohol is substantially higher than marijuana.
Adams County Student Survey County Level Report 2015