School longitudinal study nearing deadline; students urged to sign up
May 4, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Parents and students have until July 2 to take a survey that could change a child's educational experience in Hawaii.
The longitudinal study, hosted by The U.S. Pacific Command, is winding down its three-year data run to determine changes needed to improve the education experience in Hawaii for military families.
Johns Hopkins and the University of Hawaii are conducting the study targeted for all military personnel being assigned to Oahu installations.
All children, 10-18 years old, attending private, charter, public and home schools are invited to participate in the study.
The survey covers topics that impact children's performance in school, to include the quality of education, educational equipment, social relationships, safety, transitions to Hawaii and services available to military children and parents.
The survey also asks about another important influence on the school day: parental deployments.
Data from the survey will help researchers identify changes in family's knowledge, attitudes and beliefs regarding life in Hawaii, as well as their expectations and experiences of the Hawaii tour of duty and education system.
Military leaders in all branches of service have joined PACOM in asking active duty military members to make participation in the study a "high priority."
"If enough people participate in the survey, there will be strong evidence to help inform leadership regarding the education of students of military families," said Dr. Robert Blum, Johns Hopkins University researcher and director of the study.
Parents of all school-age children can take the survey. Children, ages 10-18, can take the youth survey.
Children who take the survey are eligible for quarterly drawings for prizes including iTunes gift cards and MP3 Players.