SAYO-S&T: Survey of Academic and Youth Outcomes for Staff and Teachers

What is SAYO-S&T?

SAYO-S&T is one of three research-based measurement tools that make up the APAS System, a field-tested, user-friendly suite of assessment tools built with OST in mind.

Use the SAYO-S&T survey to measure any of the eight youth outcome areas that are scientifically linked to long-term positive youth development and academic and life success. SAYO-S&T is flexible -- it can be tailored to measure the specific youth outcomes that are linked to your program goals:

  • Behavior in the Program/Classroom
  • Initiative
  • Engagement in Learning
  • Relations with Adults
  • Relations with Peers
  • Problem-Solving
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Regulation
  • Leadership
  • Homework
  • Academic Performance

How does it work?

SAYO-S&T relies on pre- and post-participation surveys that are completed by OST staff (SAYO-S) and/or academic teachers (SAYO-T) to collect data about youth participants. Each outcome area is measured by asking staff and teachers to respond to questions related to observable youth behavior. Programs should have the same individual or team complete the pre and post SAYO surveys on individual youth. This will allow programs to accurately capture changes that may have occurred over the year.

Who is it for?

  • OST leaders, program directors, supervisors, curriculum and education coordinators, researchers, and 21st Century Community Learning Center staff and teachers
  • Well-established programs (1 year or older) that offer a variety of programming to 25 or more youth participants who attend on a regular basis
  • Programs serving youth in Grades K-12

How do I get trained to use it?

The APAS tools are free to use at your program site after you complete the required prerequisite training program. Training on the SAYO-S&T tools is available either in-person or online. If you are interested in SAYO-S&T for your program site, you can receive training for the entire APAS System, or training only for SAYO-S&T. Most programs find it favorable to complete our online training asynchronously through our training portal. Our online training subscription includes unlimited access to the training portal for one year.

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SAYO-S&T training will show you:

  • How SAYO-S&T can be used to increase positive youth outcomes within your program
  • How to plan your SAYO evaluation, customize the tools, and prepare staff and teachers to complete the surveys
  • How to distribute surveys and collect data from SAYO
  • How to understand and use your findings
  • How SAYO-S&T fits into the APAS System


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