This information is being shared to address questions from parents about two different surveys completed in April 2014 by students in the Bedford School District:
The A&B was given to students in grade 7 and 8. The A&B has been used at the middle school in Bedford every four years for the past 16 years. The purpose of this survey is to gather general patterns about students' "developmental assets" and risky behaviors. Developmental assets are things students have that help them make better decisions. One example of an asset is a commitment to learning. Students who complete homework routinely and who read for pleasure are showing a commitment to learning. Risky behaviors are things students might choose to do that are negative. Examples include substance abuse and premature sexual activity. The more developmental assets students have, the less likely they are to engage in risky behaviors. The full survey and the letter sent to parents in advance of the survey are provided below. There is also an example from 2010 of how the results are used.
The DAP was begun this year in grades 3 and 4, 5 and 6, and 9 and 10. The DAP asks only about developmental assets, not risky behavior. We are using this survey to establish a baseline to be able to monitor our district's progress on our mission to develop a community of learners who are intellectually curious, resourceful and respectful of self and others. The two versions of the survey and the letters sent home to parents in advance of the survey are posted below.
Both surveys are anonymous and the information is aggregated. We do not know any individual student names connected with results. Both survey are optional. Parents could choose not to have their child participate with no consequence. For those students that did participate, they could skip any or all questions with no consequence.