The Importance of Objective Screeners
Student wellbeing is intrinsically linked to student success. Educators everywhere are taking steps towards understanding student attitudes towards their peers, campus, and self, but some are doing it better than others. Some schools have taken the initiative to create their own screener to monitor students’ perspectives. While the intention is right, this doesn’t always lead to unbiased results.
Objective Screeners Yield Actionable Data
Depending on how the screener creator formulates questions, school administrators may be left with skewed data. Results with false positives may lead them to conclude that no intervention needs to take place. This creates tragically missed opportunities to address urgent challenges among the student body.
Similarly, some schools pour valuable resources into creating positions for counselors or adding responsibilities to teacher roles to screen students on a one-to-one basis. This may also lead to a skewed perspective on student attitudes. With this one-on-one approach, students may not feel comfortable sharing opinions, or may not have the same standardized questioning that would lead to comparable answers. Instead of obtaining a broad perspective on overall campus culture, administrators would only have an extraordinary amount of personal viewpoints which may or may not be comparable between students and classes in a systematic fashion.
With both of these approaches, it's difficult for schools to compare results. How would you know what is “normal”, what is “typical”, or at what threshold you should intervene? You would only be able to compare students to students in your school. What if instead of comparing students and grade levels and demographics within your school, you were able to see how your students' perspectives line up with those of students across the country?
Research-Supported Screening Through an Academic Lense
PASS is an ideal solution to gaining this perspective and monitoring progress across cohorts and over time. PASS has perfected its screener based on decades of work with educators. To ensure best practices, they have worked with multiple research universities. With deep roots in research-backed strategies, schools trust the PASS screener.
When you use PASS to screen the student population, you have peace of mind knowing your results will give you an unbiased perspective. Results are based on a standardized sample of over 200,000 student responses across varying demographics and ages. You don’t have to worry if you missed something in your questionnaire or if you have the grounds to compare to other schools, you will already know! With over 3 million screeners completed, PASS offers one of the most robust data sets in the market.
Not only does PASS provide this broad perspective of student wellness, but intervention strategies are also accessible from day one. Built into the results are logical, research-based next steps that open the door to intervention at the individual, class, demographic, and cohort levels, as well as school-wide approaches. Objective school screeners yield insights that otherwise may remain under the radar. However, it’s how schools respond to those insights that brings change.
Once your students complete the screener, your results are available immediately. Within the day, you will have an actionable snapshot of every student’s wellbeing and perceptions of school. Importantly, you won’t be left on your own to figure out what it all means. The PASS support team is always a phone call or email away.
With our traffic-light reports cutting through the noise and a robust dataset, you will have a clear-cut path of how to make your campus the place students want to learn. We want your campus to be the best place for learning and we make sure that you have the tools to make it happen.
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Our sample reports and additional resources provide tangible insights of what to expect from PASS implementation, including key features and how to interpret the results. Our team of support staff is ready to help you bring academic-focused student wellbeing monitoring to your classroom. Get in touch with the PASS team today.