Students with parent permission will take the survey during class time or on their own time, depending on the school’s policy. We will be responsive to challenges schools face with remote learning and are actively monitoring the situation around COVID-19; we will return to in person data collection when it is safe to do so. Administering the survey to students increases participation and retention rates, yielding stronger, more meaningful results. Thus, we request the survey be considered similarly as curriculum and for sufficient classroom time be provided for students to take the survey.
Highly trained USC data collectors administer the survey in the classroom and remain available for questions and support. Teachers are present but will not be requested to assist with data collection. Students who are absent may take the survey online at a later time. Students who do not participate may read or do a class assignment instead of taking the survey.
We administer follow-up surveys every spring and fall either remotely or in person depending on school guidance. We also welcome ongoing feedback from schools on data collection strategies. Parents or students can decide to stop being in the study at any time.