By: Raquel Kanner
A few weeks before break, both Byram Hills High School and H.C. Crittenden Middle School students took part in the Challenge Success Survey. This 70 question survey covered the overall school experience of students. However, many students asked themselves the question, “Why do I even need to take the survey?”
The questionnaire was created by Stanford University, and according to their website, the survey is supposed to, “measure middle school and high school students’ perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, parent expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support.” Since 2009, more than 150 schools and 100,000 students have completed the survey. Once all of the students have completed the study, the researchers behind Challenge Success will analyze our school’s information and develop a “blueprint plan” to reduce our most common stressors here at Byram.
Mr. Walsh has realized throughout the years that “there has been an increase of stress and anxiety.” By partnering with Stanford University and the survey, the administrators can, “get a pulse on the students’ experiences and develop information to improve life at our school.” One of the main goals of the district this year is to improve emotional wellness, so for this school year, our district plans to focus on limiting the stress level of the students. By using the feedback of Challenge Success, “We can start change.”
All in all, the Challenge Success Survey is helping the administrators and faculty to learn about one’s experience here at Byram. To learn more about Challenge Success’ school surveys, click here.