In 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 study will collect information on recent graduates’ post-high school experiences to inform improvements to high school pathway programs.
WHY: The study will help us learn whether and how students’ high school programs are related to post-graduation activities. 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.
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: Seniors in the participating high schools will complete a 2 minute survey about their high school experiences and provide contact information for a post-graduation survey. The post-graduation survey will be distributed by RTI International about 6 months after graduation. It will collect information on graduates’ education and employment activities and the relationship of both to their high school activities.
WHEN and WHERE: The schools will choose a day and time for seniors to spend about 5 minutes in school hearing about the study and completing the first survey. In the winter following graduation, 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 a 15-minute survey, after which they will receive a $50 gift card as a “thank you” for participation.
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