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SUBJECT:  Missouri Student Survey Additional Information

LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE:  February 2, 2012

There have been three main questions from the January 26, 2012 message regarding the Missouri Student Survey that is to be administered during the 2011-2012 school year.  Please also provide this information to the superintendent and guidance contacts and counselors in your district.  They also received a memo and listserve about the survey.

The Office of Social and Economic Analysis (OSEDA) at the University of Missouri will administer the survey in cooperation with the Missouri Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) and Mental Health (DMH).  Details about the survey administration will come from OSEDA.  The online survey will be available to schools January 30, 2012 through March 31, 2012.

The topics for clarification are –

K-8 Districts and Charter LEAs – If ninth graders are not present in the building, the eighth grade and the sixth grade would be surveyed. You may survey the seventh grade if you choose to do so.

Parent Permission Forms – There is a link to parent permission forms in the OSEDA information.  Districts may send the Passive Permission Form that will only require parents to opt their child out of taking the survey.  Active parent permission is not required now.

The survey being taken on a cellular device – A couple of questions have been asked about students taking the survey on a cellular device such as an iphone.  The agencies involved realize that many districts and schools have policies regarding the availability and use of cellular devices during school time.  The Missouri Student Survey has not been formatted for students to take on a cellular phone of any type.  This will probably lengthen the amount of time it will take the student to complete the survey.  A greater concern is the issue of security/confidentiality.  Internet service provides a greater secure environment than cellular service.  For these reasons it is highly suggested that the survey be completed using a computer.

If you have questions regarding survey requirements, you may contact Mary Pearce with DESE at 573-526-4472 or mary.pearce@dese.mo.gov.  Questions regarding the survey administration will be handled by OSEDA and is included in their information.

So that districts do not lose this valuable means of collecting ongoing data regarding local tobacco, drug, and alcohol use, and bullying, mental health, and other information, again we sincerely hope and encourage you to participate in the Missouri Student Survey for the valuable information your district will receive.  The results are important to your district as you determine local needs and plan prevention activities.

Mary C. Pearce

Office of Data System Management

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education

Phone:  573-526-4472

Fax:  573-751-9438

dese.mo.gov