The Delaware Pathways Student Outcomes Study

In spring 2022 and 2023, selected school districts from across Delaware will be participating in the Delaware Pathways Student Outcomes Study. RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, is conducting the study in partnership with Rodel Delaware and the Delaware Department of Education. The Delaware Pathways Student Outcomes Study will collect information on pathway’s graduates post-high school education and employment experiences. The information will inform improvements to high school pathway programs for students in the future. WHO: The study focuses on students who complete a sequence of career pathway courses in 2022 and 2023. About 10 public high schools in Delaware will be participating. WHAT: Near the end of their senior year, students in the participating high schools will complete a survey about their high school experiences and provide contact information for a follow-up survey about 6 months after high school graduation. The follow up survey will collect information on graduates’ education and employment and the relationship of both to their high school pathway program. WHEN and WHERE: The schools will choose a convenient day and time prior to graduation for students to spend about 10 minutes in school to complete the first survey, using a smart phone, computer, or tablet. Six months later, RTI International will contact the students for the second survey via text message, e-mail, or phone, using the contact information provided by the students. At that point, students will be asked to complete another 15-minute survey, after which they will receive a $50 gift card as a “thank you” for completing both parts of the survey. WHY: The study will help us learn whether and how students’ high school programs are related to their post-graduation plans, and how high school pathway programs might be strengthened to help students’ meet their educational and professional goals. Together, this information helps us learn how to give all high schoolers the experience and skills they need to thrive in high school, and beyond. If you have questions about the study or would like more information, please contact Natassia Rodriguez Ott at nott@rti.org

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