Thursday, March 31, 2016

DAP Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Thursday, April 7th and Friday, April 8th, all Bedford School District students in grades 9 and 10 will be taking a survey known as the Developmental Asset Profile (DAP) for teens.  The purpose of this survey is to measure student achievement related to our school district mission, specifically our goal “to develop a community of learners who are intellectually curious, resourceful, and respectful of self and others.”

The DAP survey was developed by The Search Institute.  The survey asks students about developmental assets: it does not ask about risky behaviors.  A copy of the actual survey is attached for your review.  We have used a version of this survey in grades 3 - 10 to collect information about our students.  We found that the great majority of our students report “adequate” or “thriving” assets, and we plan to continue to survey each year to make sure we have maintained or improved upon those results.

This survey is optional and anonymous.  The survey is given using paper and pencil, no uniquely identifying information is collected by the survey and the actual survey responses are destroyed after compiling the data.  There are 63 questions on the survey and it will take students approximately 20 minutes to complete.
We would like all students to participate in the survey as the information collected will help us to identify and address factors (or assets) needed for success in school.  Nevertheless, we understand that you may not want your child to participate in this survey.  You may opt your child out of participation by sending me an email or by completing and returning the attached form by Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.  There is no penalty for students who do not participate, and they will be asked to sit and read quietly in the classrooms during the survey.

 Thank you for all you do as the parents and guardians of Bedford’s youth.

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