The Superintendent's Student Senate creates the opportunity to better understand the voice of our students. Through the use of the YouthTruth survey instrument, middle and high school students are able to share their personal experiences in district schools - especially as it relates to academic engagement, social interactions with peers and adults, drugs and alcohol, bullying, and harassment. The student senators are empowered to create recommendations based on these survey results from their particular school sites and share them directly with their teachers and administrators. These recommendations have become part of each school's improvement plan beginning in 2017.
YouthTruth, a national nonprofit, uses research-based surveys to measure the non-academic areas that matter most to student outcomes, including classroom engagement, bullying, social media, safety, drugs, and alcohol. The district has collected student responses at the high schools and middle schools annually beginning in 2017, later expanding the survey to grades 3-6, parents, and staff. Ratings are compared to other participating schools and data on individual questions is provided. Results are reported annually and longitudinally by school site to the Student Senate and the Board of Education. This data drives the Student Senate process, with students analyzing and discussing the data, seeking feedback from peers and stakeholders, and setting goals based on the results.