Why numbers?

In the fall of 2014, 2,357 middle and high school students from across the Itasca area completed the Pathway Student Survey during a class at school. Eleven Itasca-area schools participated in the study. The survey results delve into the strengths and supports young people have and need in their lives—from the perspectives of young people themselves. The survey measures priorities that were identified through a series of community conversations that led to the creation of the Pathway to Student Success.

This Pathway encourages everyone in the greater Itasca area to work together to create a future in which all students and their families have what they need for a healthy future. These survey data are just the beginning. Youth, adults, and other leaders from across the greater Itasca area will use the findings to identify priorities and focus action for greater impact, individually and collectively. You are invited to be part of that process.

This summary shows the percentages of youth who experience strengths or challenges in each area the survey measured. The measures are aligned with the Itasca area’s Pathway to Student Success. For more information, see the full report at minneapoliswindow.org.

Where do they come from?

The study was conducted by Search Institute for the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success (now Spark). Search Institute is a nonprofit, applied research organization whose mission is to provide catalytic leadership, breakthrough knowledge, and innovative resources to advance the health of children, youth, families, and communities.

This report and its data are the property of Spark. It is designed for use by the people and institutions of the Itasca area. The survey upon which this report is based is the property of Search Institute. Copyright © 2014 by Search Institute. This study was made possible by the Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as part of its support for Search Institute’s support for the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success.

Their intended use

The purpose of the study is to motivate broad-based community action that brings to life the pathway and supports continuous improvement toward shared goals for all students’ success.



Decision Principles to guide the release of data

  • An identified “community connector” is associated with the request for data.
  • The community connector has signed the “planning with data” agreement and has completed the request for data form.  To ensure community level learning contributes to the learning of the initiative, community connectors agree to participate in the “Link and Learn” sessions.
  • The analyses needed to respond to the request are not overly complex or burdensome.
  • Honoring the request appears to be advancing the goal of the Pathway.