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Non-Academic Surveys

Kansas law requires parental notification and opt-in for certain non-academic tests, questionnaires, surveys or examinations.

What is a Non-Academic Survey?

Non-academic tests, questionnaires, surveys or examinations ask questions about private attitudes, values and beliefs as well as practices of a student, parent, guardian, family member, associate, friend and/or peer. Screeners and other measures that impact academic progress and instructional practices are not subject to this law.

What is included in the law: 

  • Parent/guardian must be notified in writing no more than four months prior to the administration of the non-academic survey.
  • Notification must include a copy of the non-academic survey; a description for how a parent provides written consent; the name of the company or entity that developed the non-academic survey; and how the data will be used.
  • Parent/guardian must opt-in with consent in writing or electronic signature for each non-academic survey.
  • Students may choose to opt-out of a non-academic survey, and must be informed of that right.
  • A copy of each non-academic survey must be posted on the district's website.

District non-academic surveys can be found below.


Curriculum and Instruction Office

Phone: 620-441-2003

Address: 2545 Greenway, Arkansas City, KS 67005

Curriculum and Instruction department page