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The Resiliency Survey

Lebanon City Schools, in partnership with Terrace Metrics, is proud to provide cutting-edge service to students and families through a project called “The Resiliency Survey” that screens the social/emotional strengths and needs of participating students in grades 3-12. 

The following video explains additional information about the Resiliency Survey: 

https://www.terracemetrics.org/consent-form/

Why the Resiliency Survey?  

Recently, there has been an abundance of educational research that shows that schools play an important role in raising healthy children through measuring and promoting social-emotional skills. Our district is committed to educating the “whole child” to prepare them for college, career, and life. Lebanon City Schools is proud to have the opportunity to provide such a progressive and forward-thinking approach to supporting all students. We are committed to providing your child with an exemplary education and pride ourselves in a continued tradition of excellence. 

PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION

March 19, 2019 (updated 11/15/19)

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

The Resiliency Survey is designed to assess the social/emotional strengths and needs of participating students in grades 3-12. The survey has been administered to over 30,000 students across multiple school districts. The following video explains additional information about the Resiliency Survey from Terrace Metrics:   https://www.terracemetrics.org/consent-form/

What are the Benefits of the Survey? 

Research shows that schools play an important role in raising healthy children through the measurement and teaching of social-emotional skills.  Data from this comprehensive survey gives us the ability to flag students who may be in need of intervention and identify students with strong social-emotional development.  In addition, the data provide school counselors with the ability to design, implement and evaluate small group interventions that address specific student needs, as well as opportunities for students to enhance their personal strengths. Most importantly, this tool allows us to examine the needs of the WHOLE STUDENT, in combination with academic and other non-cognitive data.

What Should I Know as a Parent or Guardian?

First, only students who have parent permission are allowed to participate in the survey. To ensure that we get the highest participation rate possible, passive consent will be used.  What this means is that if you DO NOT wish to have your child participate in the study, you must notify the school prior to students taking the survey or complete the electronic opt-out form. The deadline to opt-out of the resiliency survey is January 6, 2020.

Second, the data is de-identified, that is, all scoring and coding of data are done using student ID numbers; only designated members of the school (counselors, administrators) will be able to link the ID numbers with actual names. Your student’s individual reports will not be shared beyond school and district staff who are working with your child.

Third, the survey is not a diagnostic tool, and no information from this survey be placed into your child’s education file. The purpose of this survey is to inform us of how each student is functioning within specific resiliency and risk indicators. 

Fourth, parents receive a customized, easy to follow report of their child’s results, along with specific recommendations that correspond with the findings.

Fifth, the school will not allow the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information (or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose).  

Finally, the tool itself is brief (approximately 10-15 minutes) and will take place during the school day. Please feel free to contact your student's school if you have any questions about the Resiliency Survey.

 

SURVEY ITEMS FOR INSPECTIONS (per building):

Donovan - Berry Resiliency Survey Items

Lebanon Junior High - Lebanon High School Resiliency Survey Items

 

If you do NOT wish to have your student participate in the Lebanon School District Resiliency Survey, please complete the LCS Resiliency Opt-out Form here or contact your child's school by January 6, 2020.  

Lebanon students attending schools outside of the district (e.g. Warren County Career Center or Warren County ESC programs) can also participate in the survey by contacting the District Office Special Services Department at (513) 934-5384.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we doing this? 

A big part of our school is evaluating data to make sure our students are progressing towards success. We have a lot of academic data to monitor a student's progress, but our student's social and emotional well-being is equally important to us. We are taking an integrated approach to make sure that we are meeting the diverse needs of ALL of our students. Our district is committed to educating the “whole child” to prepare them for college, career, and life.  

Why the Resiliency Survey?  

Recently, there has been an abundance of educational research that shows that schools play an important role in raising healthy children through measuring and promoting social-emotional skills. This tool allows us to examine the needs of the WHOLE STUDENT, in combination with academic and other non-cognitive data.  The survey is not designed as a diagnostic tool. Rather, it provides information that informs parents of their child's functioning across key resiliency and risk indicators. 

What do the indicators mean?

  • Global Life Satisfaction:  Overall assessment of feelings and attitudes about one's life at a particular point in time, ranging from negative to positive.

  • Positive School Experiences: Assessment of a student’s experiences with their learning, as well as their overall interactions with school personnel.

  • School Victimization Scale: First presents a definition of bullying so that students understand what/what does not meet the criteria.  The definition has been framed so that students as young as grade 3 can understand. The student is then asked if they have been victimized, or have victimized others during the current school year. 

  • Social Ostracism Scale: Items reflect the degree of perceived social isolation. The scale measures two forms of ostracism: ignoring (paying no attention to the student) or excluding (acknowledging the student but choosing not to interact with them).

  • Grit Scale: Assesses the level of commitment (and tenacity) to achieve a long-term goal.

  • Generalized Anxiety Scale:  7 items, self-reported questionnaire for screening and severity of anxiety. 

  • Children’s Hope Scale: Assesses goal-directed thinking in which the student has the perceived capacity to find routes to goals (pathways thinking), and the motivation to use those routes (agency thinking).

  • Depression: The scale is a multipurpose instrument for screening and assessing the severity of depression symptoms.  Of particular focus is the item assessing thoughts of self-harm.

  • Resiliency: This scale assesses the degree to which individuals possess both the intrapersonal and interpersonal resources needed to overcome adversity.

  • Child and Adolescent Leadership Scale:  This assesses students’ perceptions of their ability to influence others.

  • Academic Standards:  This assesses the expectations that a student has about their personal abilities.

Where can I find more information to help my child?

Parents have access to videos that walk them through what to do with the information. Each video is linked to a specific indicator on the survey.  The link is below:

www.terracemetrics.org/parents   

password: TMparents


What resources does the district have to meet the social and emotional needs of students?

Lebanon, in partnership with other community providers, has several resources outlined on our website under the Mental Health Services department. Additionally, Lebanon has access to the full array of Terrace Metrics resources, which include online video presentations and empirically supported curricula. All information provided by Terrace Metrics was designed to be applied to the multi-tiered intervention model often adopted by schools. 

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • Parents always have the option of opting out; they are not mandated to have their student participate. If you do NOT wish to have your student participate in the Lebanon School District Resiliency Survey, please complete the LCS Resiliency Opt-out Form here or contact your child's school by January 6, 2020.  

  • Parents will receive a letter that summarizes their child's findings, as well as information on how to strengthen low resiliency scores and address high-risk scores.

  • All data is strictly confidential and is not tied to any public health information. The data is stored on a secured server that encrypts the raw data. 

  • Terrace Metrics will work with the school's response team to walk through how to interpret the student reports and priority process (which simply prioritizes the degree of urgency to see students at high risk, so the team can respond quickly and efficiently). 

  • Your student’s individual reports will not be shared beyond school and district staff who are working with your child.

 

Resiliency Survey Results

If you have any questions about the Resiliency Survey or your child's results, please feel free to contact your child's school counselor or main office. 
 
Resiliency and Risk Indicator scores exist along a continuum. Scores are sorted into four distinct categories: At-Risk, Moderate Concern, Satisfactory, and Optimal. Suggestions for improving At-Risk or Moderate Concern scores are available here. 
 
Should your child score in the At-Risk or Moderate Concern range on any of the indicators, brief videos are available at http://www.terracemetrics.org/parents/ and type in the code TMparents. Each video is linked with a specific indicator and is designed to guide parents through the next steps. These videos are updated monthly.