Nonacademic Tests, Questionnaires, Surveys, and Exams
The school district created this resource page in accordance with the requirements of a new Kansas law known as House Bill 2567, Section 27, which took effect July 1, 2022. This webpage will host resource links to nonacademic tests, questionnaires, surveys and exams that may be available to students. Written parental consent is required for students to participate when these types of surveys or exams include questions about personal and private attitudes, values and beliefs, as well as practices of the student, parents, guardians, family members, associates, friends and/or peers.When administering Nonacademic Tests, Questionnaires, Surveys, and Exams, the district will notify parents/guardians in writing no more than four months before administration of the Nonacademic Test, Questionnaire, Survey, and Exam (NTQSE). The notification will be sent to parents/guardians via email and will include a copy of the NTQSE. The notice will describe how the parent provides written consent, provide the name of the company or entity that produces or provides the survey, and explain how the data will be used.The parent must “opt-in” with consent in writing or electronic signature for each NTQSE. The district will utilize electronic signatures through the secured Skyward Family Access. The student may “opt-out” of the NTQSE and must be informed of this right. A copy of the NTQSE is available on this webpage (below).The district is embracing family engagement and transparency by asking parents to also "opt-in" their students for participation in other screeners and measures. Information related to other screeners and measures is on this webpage.
USD 232 will again provide the option for students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 to participate in the Kansas Communities that Care Student Survey.
This survey is opt-in only, and students will not participate in this survey if permission has not been granted by parents/guardians. If you want your child to participate, please complete the online permission form in Skyward Family Access from January 5, 2023 to January 17, 2023.
The survey will be available from January 19-31.
What is the survey?
The Kansas Communities That Care Survey is anonymous and available statewide. This survey is a valuable tool to help understand how students behave, think, and feel about alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use, bullying and school safety. The KCTC survey measures teen substance use, delinquency, and related problem behaviors in schools and communities. The survey gives insight into the problems students face and shows what can be done to help them succeed. The district also uses information from this anonymous survey to apply for grants that may help address students’ issues related to alcohol and drug use, bullying, and safety.
The survey is provided by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Behavioral Health Services Commission and administered by Greenbush – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, Research and Evaluation Department.
What are the survey questions?
We advise parents to review the survey questions, which is posted online. You may also be interested to know the following:
- It is completely anonymous. Students will not be asked for their names on the questionnaire, nor will anyone be able to connect any individual student with his/her responses. School staff will not see any one student's responses, but only summaries of results.
- Participation is entirely voluntary. Parental consent is required. Your child may decline to participate in the survey, even with parental consent, or skip any question they do not wish to answer.
- USD 232 will not participate in any of the optional modules related to “Family,” “Gender Identity,” and “Sexual Orientation.” Students will not receive those questions.
Additional information can be found on the KCTC website.
Other Screeners & Measures
November 18, 2022
We are asking parents to provide written consent to opt-in their students (grades 2-12) for participation in this five-minute screener. Schools offer the screener in the fall, winter, and spring. mySAEBRS will be available to students who have parental consent, between December 5-16. Parents may opt-in their children by December 1, 2022.
What is mySAEBRS?
USD 232 has used mySAEBRS since 2019 and helps support the district’s school improvement plans and goals.The mySAEBRS tool, produced by FastBridge Illuminate for grades 2 through 12, is a quick, five-minute social, academic, and emotional behavior risk screener. It is a brief, norm-referenced tool for screening students to identify those who are at risk for social-emotional behavior concerns. This is the same company that is used for the district’s math and reading assessments. Having all three assessments on the same platform allows educators to have easy access to the results while meeting state requirements for assessment and screening. All data is securely gathered and specific to each student, with results containing a scaled score. Student-specific results are available to parents.
Information gained from all FastBridge assessments directly informs the district’s Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) for reading, math, and social-emotional learning, allowing educators to proactively meet the needs of students.
What are the questions students will answer?
Students use “Never, Sometimes, Often, or Almost Always” to identify how frequently they experience described behaviors.
- I argue with others.
- I get along with my peers.
- I lose my temper.
- I disrupt class.
- I am respectful.
- Other people like me.
- I have trouble waiting my turn.
- I like school.
- I am ready for class.
- I get good grades.
- I have trouble working alone.
- It's hard to pay attention in class.
- I participate in class.
- I feel sad.
- I feel nervous.
- I like to try new things.
- I am happy.
- I am worried.
- When bad things happen.
Before parents provide consent, we request that they review the document "mySAEBRS." Parental consent is available through the secure Skyward Family Access. If you want your student to participate, please provide consent by Thursday, December 1, 2022. The five-minute screener will be given to students who have parental consent between December 5-16.