Student Survey

The Challenge Success Student Survey¹ is a 30-40 minute online survey for middle and high school students that measures perceptions of their academic engagement, connection to the school community, physical health and well-being, technology use, family norms, and how they use their time outside of school.

The Challenge Success-Stanford Surveys of School Experiences¹ are designed to help schools make data-driven decisions that improve student well-being and engagement with learning. We now offer two complementary surveys – a Student Survey and a Parent Survey. Our surveys were developed by Stanford University researchers and are overseen by Stanford’s Administrative Panels for the Protection of Human Subjects. 

Over 200,000 middle and high school students from more than 200 schools have taken the Student Survey since 2007.  We developed the Parent Survey in 2018 based on feedback from our school partners. Gathering perspectives from multiple stakeholders provides schools and the broader community with a rich understanding of their students. See here for a comparison of the categories covered in both the Student and Parent surveys.

Explore sample questions and FAQ below.

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The Student Survey package includes:

  • SURVEY: Support administering one online survey*
  • DASHBOARD: Interactive, online dashboard of results with executive summary
  • PEER SCHOOL PROFILE: Access to a dashboard of data from similar schools
  • DEBRIEF CALL: Video call with members of our Research and School Program teams to debrief results and recommend next steps
  • RESEARCH TEAM OFFICE HOURS: Access to a member of the research team on Thursdays at 12pm PT for follow-up questions.

Challenge Success offers limited financial assistance based on need. Apply Here.


SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Below you’ll find a selection of sample questions from each of the thematic sections comprising the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences.

Academic Worry

  • How often does the amount of schoolwork you have keep you from getting enough sleep?
  • How often do you worry about school assignments?
  • How much do you worry about getting into the college of your choice?

Homework and Extracurriculars

  • On a typical weekday, how many hours do you spend on homework (do not include time spent taking taking breaks, texting, using the computer for non-academic work, etc.)?
  • In how many of your classes does the assigned homework help you learn the material?
  • During a typical week, from Monday through Friday, how many hours do you spend participating in extracurricular activities? (Do not include hours spent doing jobs or paid work.)
  • What is the main reason you participate in extracurricular activities (Please select one answer):
    • My parents want me to
    • It looks good on college applications
    • I enjoy the activities
    • I can hang out with my friends
    • I can learn new things
    • Other (please specify)

Mental and Physical Health

  • How much sleep do you typically get on a weeknight? On weekends?
  • How much sleep do your peers typically get on a weeknight?
  • Where do you typically keep your phone when you go to sleep at night?
  • To what extent are you confident in your ability to cope with stress?
  • In the past month, how often have you experienced exhaustion? Difficulty sleeping? Headaches?

Student Engagement

  • How often do you try as hard as you can in school?
  • How often do you enjoy your schoolwork?
  • How often do you find your schoolwork valuable?

Teacher Care and Support

  • How many of your teachers…

    • Value and listen to students’ ideas?
    • Treat students with respect?
    • If you needed help with a personal problem, is there at least one adult at this school who you feel you could go to?

Belonging at School

  • I feel like I belong at this school.
  • I feel that other students at this school like me the way that I am.

Academic Integrity

  • During the past school year, how often have you engaged in any of the following actions?
    • Working on an assignment with others (peers, parents, etc.) when the instructor asked for individual work
    • Getting questions or answers from someone who has already taken the test.
    • Using a false or forged excuse to obtain an extension on a due date or delay taking an exam.

Parent Goals and Expectations

  • How important is it to your parents/guardians that your schoolwork challenges you to think?
  • How much do your parents/guardians worry about you getting a bad grade in school?

 


FAQs

About the Survey
What does the Challenge Success Student Survey measure?
How was the Student Survey developed?
How can our school use the results?

Administering the Survey
When is the best time of year to administer the survey?
What are the best ways to inform our school community about the survey?
How do we obtain parent permission?
How long is the survey?
Do all students have to take the survey?
What if a student doesn’t want to take the survey?
What if a student doesn’t want to answer one or more questions on the survey?
Do all students in our school need to take the survey at the same time?
How do we administer the survey?
Does a staff member have to be in the room with students while they are taking the survey?
What if a student has a question about the survey while he/she is taking it?

Survey Results
Are survey results confidential?
When and how will we receive our survey results?
Can I have a hardcopy of the dashboard emailed to me? 


What does the Challenge Success Student Survey measure?
The Student Survey (formerly called the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences) measures middle and high school students’ perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities and free time, sleep, physical health, school-related stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and support & belonging at school. See sample questions in these categories hereSee a comparison of the categories covered in the Student and Parent surveys here.

How was the Student Survey developed?
The survey was originally developed in 2007 by Stanford researchers and is overseen by Stanford’s Administrative Panels for the Protection of Human Subjects.

How can our school use the results?
Survey findings can help schools make data-driven policy and practice decisions that improve student well-being and engagement with learning. For instance, based on results from the survey, some schools have revised homework policies, changed bell schedules, given parent and student education workshops on sleep and physical health, and revised their honor codes.

When is the best time of year to administer the survey?
We recommend you administer the survey during a time that is typical for students at your school. Students should not take the survey right before or after exams or during the first few weeks of school. 

What are the best ways to inform our school community about the survey?
We recommend that you include information about the survey in a school newsletter and talk about it with students prior to survey administration. You can use some of the information we have provided in this document to explain the benefits and get your school community excited about what you might learn from the results.

How do we obtain parent permission?
Schools are required to provide survey information to all parents prior to survey administration. Challenge Success will provide schools with materials that can be shared with parents electronically.  Parents who wish to waive their child’s participation must sign and return the form that is included. If they do not return the form, the student has permission from the parent to take the survey.

How long is the survey?
The survey has about 70 questions and takes 30-40 minutes to complete.

Do all students have to take the survey?
We recommend that you encourage all students to participate.  We aim for a response rate of at least 70%.

What if a student doesn’t want to take the survey?
Students do not have to take the survey. Before beginning the survey, students are given an online assent form, which offers them an opportunity to opt out.  

What if a student doesn’t want to answer one or more questions on the survey?
Students can choose not to answer any or all questions.  

Do all students in our school need to take the survey at the same time?
No, it is not essential that students take the survey at the same time. However, we ask that all students taking the survey do so over the course of 7 or fewer days.  Some schools administer the survey during a class that all students take (e.g. English or PE). Others offer it during an advisory or assembly period. However you structure it, each individual student must complete the survey in one sitting.   

How do we administer the survey?
We recommend that students take the survey during a period that’s at least 45 minutes in length. Each student will need access to a computer or tablet as well as a reliable internet connection. Challenge Success will email you a link to a secure website, which you can distribute to your students when they sit for the survey.

Does a staff member have to be in the room with students while they are taking the survey?
Yes, we ask that a staff member read a script to students before they take the survey and stay in the room while they take it.

What if a student has a question about the survey while he/she is taking it?
The staff member may answer any questions students have about the survey (for example, they can help if the student doesn’t understand the question) but should not provide the answer to specific survey questions.

Are survey results confidential?
Survey results are kept strictly confidential. Students are not asked to provide their names and can opt out of answering any or all questions.

When and how will we receive our survey results?  
It takes the Challenge Success research team approximately 4-6 weeks to process your survey data and prepare an online dashboard of the results. Explore this example of the dashboard. Once complete, we will set up an hour-long video call with representatives from your school to debrief the results. During this call, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about the data, consider ways to build upon your school’s strengths, and discuss areas of need or concern.

Can I have a copy of the dashboard emailed to me?  
Additional reports with survey data may be provided for a fee. 


*Schools may select either the middle school or high school version of the Student and Parent Surveys.  For schools interested in data at both the middle and high school levels, separate surveys must be purchased.

** Both the Student and Parent Surveys are available as part of the comprehensive package. Pricing for any additional data analyses or consultation will be determined based on specific requests.

¹The Challenge Success-Stanford Surveys of School Experiences: Student Version was formerly called the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences