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  • USD 232 SECD Survey Q&A

    • Students in grades 3-12 take the survey.
    • Elementary students (grades 3-5) will take one form, and secondary students (grades 6-12) will take a different form.  Context of questions is the same; questions are worded age-appropriately.
    • The survey has been significantly reduced in length from almost 60 quests last year to 36 questions this year.
    • This year, surveys are specific to each building, so staff can use data for individual and MTSS needs.
    • The survey is approximately 15 minutes in length for students to take.  Survey proctors may read surveys as needed for students, and may define words if students need assistance.
    • The survey opens October 22nd and will close at 4:00 on October 26th.

    What does the acronym “SECD” mean?

    The acronym stands for Social Emotional Character Development, one of the Five Outcomes developed by the Kansas State Board of Education that will help measure progress of the state educational vision.  The other four outcomes are Kindergarten Readiness, Individual Plan of Study, High School Graduation Rates, and Postsecondary Completion.


    What is the purpose of this survey? 

    The Kansas State Board of Education now requires school districts to measure the social-emotional growth of students, as student success is more than academics. It is one of five outcomes to be measured in Kansas. As such, USD 232 is working to meet accreditation as part of Kansas Education Systems Accreditation (KESA). 

    As shared by Kansas State Department of Education, we want to help students “develop nonacademic skills, such as teamwork, perseverance and critical thinking, so they can be more successful in their postsecondary pursuits.  Social-Emotional learning is the process through which students and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and establish and maintain positive relationships.”


    Who created the survey?     The survey was created by School Improvement Services within Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Center.  This is a professional development cooperative utilized by many school districts, of which USD 232 is a participant.  Greenbush provides services, training, and collegial collaboration through center-based support in multiple areas, one of which is all components of the accreditation process.  Greenbush directors created the SECD survey for districts to use in gathering both qualitative and quantitative data.  The survey has been professionally designed, researched, and piloted in Kansas school districts prior to use in USD 232.  Data is a required component of KESA (accreditation), and it is gathered in several forms, such as needs assessments, formal data, and perception surveys.   The resulting data will be used as evidence in the accreditation process early in the 5-year cycle. Survey data will be used in the development of school improvement plans and to support the outcomes of the district needs assessment.School district have capacity to revise the survey to meet the specific needs of its students.  USD 232 did not amend any questions, content, or formatting.  Slight changes were made to simply include the district name in the survey title and opening directions.

    Who is analyzing, viewing, and using the data?      The SECD survey data is analyzed and reported to the district through Greenbush.  The cooperative also shares the results with the Kansas State Department of Education.  The school district will use data from the survey in multiple means. At the district level, data is reviewed and used by the District Improvement Team, District Site Council, and Building Leadership Teams.  It will be used as one of the determinate factors in setting district and building goals for the systems cycle.  Additionally, the data will provide meaningful information for the District Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) Committee, as well as provide baseline data for students’ perception of mindset, social abilities, and emotional growth over time.  The school district and KSDE never ask for personally identifiable information related to this survey. The survey is used solely by schools and the district with the intent of school/district improvement. Any survey data provided to the public is voluntary and will be aggregate data included on a school or district accreditation page.


    Who pays for the survey?     

    There is no charge for the creation, sharing privileges, or dissemination of data in this survey.  Greenbush provides the survey service to school districts with whom they hold professional relationship.


    Why does the district believe it's necessary to survey in this manner, and what does the district hope to accomplish with this information?     

    In accordance with KESA, the De Soto district will administer perception surveys to multiple stakeholder groups, including students, staff, parents, and community members.  Each respective group will take one survey a year, and it will track longitudinal data.  Due to the expanded understanding and appreciation of school improvement, the state of Kansas has new focus on holistic student growth.  In addition to skill sets beyond academics, the goal is to attain trend data which shows improved student social and emotional development.

    District survey results from the 2018-2019 school year can be found here .