By participating in this study, your school has the opportunity to learn more about the specific needs of its students. You will be provided a summary of results broken down by district and school, along with county and statewide results for comparison. School districts can then identify areas of need and choose programs and activities to impact these areas. Subsequent surveys are used to determine if the programs and activities that were implemented are having a positive impact. Advantages of this survey are: it helps communities focus their efforts on identified areas of need; because it is a federally approved needs assessment, funders are more likely to look positively on it as an objective tool; and it helps support grant applications.
There are grant applications that rely on district’s KCTC participation in order to collect various data used in the selection process of grant recipients and to track progress toward program goals.
Understand that it is not just your district relying on survey data, but many community programs and services. These include community coalitions, the Kansas Prevention Collaborative, United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs, Kansas Children’s Service League, Communities In Schools, and Juvenile Justice Authority to name a few. These groups count on annual survey data to apply for or evaluate grant funding, monies that directly or indirectly benefit students. These organizations often assist in providing services based upon needs identified through survey results. The value of these services to schools is incalculable in terms of increasing school attendance, improving the physical and mental health of students, increasing academic achievement and graduation rates, and reducing drop-out rates.
In addition, data from the student survey can be used to measure and track bullying and school climate/safety issues.