Thank you, Sonoma County students, parents/guardians, and school staff for participating in the YouthTruth survey.
Through a collaboration with the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, the CTE Foundation of Sonoma County, and the Hewlett Foundation’s “Bay Area Student Voice Initiative,” YouthTruth surveys will include a small set of questions that will inform fire recovery efforts in Sonoma County.
The purpose of these custom questions is to survey Sonoma County students, their families, and school staff to inform the Community Foundations Sonoma County’s disbursement of the Resilience Fund. The Resilience Fund was created after the 2017 wildfires to support the long-term recovery of the Sonoma community, including youth, through investments in “Helping, Healing, Housing, and Preparedness.”
What is the Bay Area Student Voice Initiative?
The Bay Area Student Voice Initiative aims to understand the extent to which funders, in partnership with local schools, can learn from student perspectives expressed through the research-based YouthTruth surveys.
Other districts outside of Sonoma County who are participating in the Bay Area Initiative include: Novato Unified School District, San Rafael City Schools, Shoreline School District, Willow Creek Academy, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.
Who will have access to the data?
All results are anonymous and subgroups with fewer than five respondents are suppressed.
Principals will receive copies of their campus’ results. District leadership teams will receive roll-up reports of their participating schools. The Community Foundation Sonoma County and the CTE Foundation will also receive access to the results. Select from the schools participating in the Sonoma County Office of Education’s (SCOE) Rooster Fellowship will be shared with the Rooster Fellowship team at SCOE.
To see examples of the reports representing feedback from each audience, please click on the links below:
- Sample High School Student Survey Report
- Sample High School Family Survey Report
- Sample High School Staff Survey Report
YouthTruth is a national nonprofit based in San Francisco that has helped thousands of schools across the country listen to and accelerate improvements based on feedback.
It was founded in 2008 through a collaboration between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Effective Philanthropy and has since surveyed over 1.25 million students across 39 states and five countries. Through validated survey instruments and tailored advisory services, YouthTruth partners with schools, districts, states, and educational organizations to enhance learning for all students.
YouthTruth surveys measure the things that matter most to school climate and culture and creating high performing schools – like engagement, rigor, relationships, and school culture.
In California, many schools and districts use YouthTruth for LCAP, strategic planning, and school improvement plans. For more information, please visit www.youthtruthsurvey.org.