Conducting Survey

The Illinois Youth Survey is available to schools for administration via traditional paper/pencil format or online.  Schools will chose their type of surveying at registration and can modify this choice during confirmation before materials are packed or shipped.  Schools can select a split administration where one full grade surveys online and the other via paper by indicating their choice by grade.  Both the online and paper surveys are available in both English and Spanish and also allow for up to 30 additional local questions to be added.

Online survey information
This document outlines the pros and cons of both the online and paper survey administration options,  states software, hardware, and network settings required for the online survey, and provides general tips for conducting the online survey within the school.

Survey Format Options

Online

Online Survey Pros and Cons
Pros
Cons
  • No paper survey materials to handle or ship
  • No cost to schools for participation or reports
  • Students can often complete the survey in less time than the paper format
  • Access to survey results can be quicker than paper administration
  • More proctor responsibility when monitoring the survey process to ensure all students have a chance to survey but no student takes the survey more than once
  • Depending on the number of computers available, may require multiple survey days if all students cannot participate at once
  • Need to check hardware, software, and network requirements to ensure capacity exists in your building

Paper

Paper Survey Pros and Cons
Pros
Cons
  • Familiar testing procedure
  • All participating grade levels can complete surveying in one day
  • All materials are provided, including presharpened pencils
  • Paper survey materials can be misplaced
  • Requires additional time to prepare and scan once completed surveys are returned

Preparing to administer the survey

VIDEO | Preparing for the Illinois Youth Survey (8:35)
This video will help you get organized to administer the Illinois Youth Survey in your school. Specific steps and practical suggestions are provided to help your school successfully prepare and complete survey administration.