It seems that students in Naperville School District 203 are pretty satisfied with their schools — and their parents as well, for that matter.
School District 203 officials this week reported results of exit surveys taken by graduating seniors at the district’s two high schools. The surveys are based on a 2010 initiative using consultant School Perception. The firm conducts exit surveys with graduating seniors, then a followup survey after 18 months and another after the student has been out of District 203 for five years.
The results announced this week are from the survey of students 18 months after graudation.
“It’s very similar to the data from 2010,” is how Assistant Superintendent for Assessment Tim Wierenga described the results for the Board of Education.
Wierenga said that students seemed to appreciate the education they got in district high schools slightly more as time passed, although he noted that the 18-month survey of the class of 2011 was still similar to its exit surveys.
The survey found that 96 percent of 2011 graduates are in either four-year college institutions (86 percent) or two-year colleges (10 percent), although Wierenga noted that there may be some overlap in the data. Six percent are either not enrolled or fall into the “other” category, and no graduates report being in an apprentice program, although 1 percent reported being in a vocational or technical program.
In overall satisfaction, 86 percent said they were either very satisfied (40 percent) or satisfied (46 percent) with their educational experience in District 203 high schools.
As for District 203 curriculum, math, social studies, writing and composition were judged most influential in helping students in college, with all scoring just above three on the four-point scale.
Less influential were music, art, foreign language and business curriculum, all coming in slightly under three on the scale, but Wierenga pointed out that the result could be misleading because they were not subjects that every student participated in.
As for who helped them get to their current status, most students listed parents as their biggest help (79 percent), with counselors (34 percent) and teachers (33 percent) also influential.
“It is interesting to see that they do turn to other people,” Wierenga said.
Wierenga noted that staff was still interested in refining the methodology used in the study, and stressed that not only was more career data needed, but also demographic data to help the district pinpoint where problem areas may exist.
“We didn’t get a lot of demographic data with this,” he said.
School Board member Donna Wandke asked about the possibility of getting data from junior high school students and Wierenga said it was an area to be considered for future surveys.
“We might want to look at a way to make it more K through 12 oriented,” he said.