Student Athletic Interest and Abilities Survey
Frequently Asked Questions
Under state law (RCW 28A.640.020 and
WAC 392-190-040), each school district must administer a student survey at least once every three years to assist in determining student interest in participation in specific sports. The survey must be administered by each school district at all grade levels where interscholastic, intramural, and other sports and recreational activities are conducted.
More information about the athletic interest survey is available in OSPI's
Prohibiting Discrimination in Washington Public Schools.
Yes. Schools must use the OSPI sample athletic interest survey (WAC
Schools may modify the content of the survey if the district deems it necessary
to clarify and assist in the evaluation of student interest. If a school intends
to modify the content of the sample survey, the school must provide a copy of
the proposed survey to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI for approval
before administering the survey. Schools do not need OSPI approval for changes
to formatting, adding questions, or adapting the survey for Scantron or online
OSPI Student Survey Form
NEW! Through iGrants package 447 (Equity Assurance
Report), districts submit information about their survey results and a blank
copy of the survey form used, if different from the OSPI Student Survey form.
Go to the application:
iGrants, Package 447.
The findings of the survey should reflect the following minimum information disaggregated by sex:
- The number of students surveyed;
- The number of students enrolled (eligible to take the survey);
- Top sports requested; and
- Top reasons for non-participation.
Each school district should consider the results of the athletic survey when conducting their
annual self-evaluation of their athletic programs.
We encourage schools to use the results of their survey as an opportunity to meet with athletic staff and building administrators to determine if any action steps are needed and whether the process used to conduct the survey was successful.
It is important to share findings with the student body to not only show value for student opinions and requests, but to also encourage discussion of why students are or are not participating in athletics. For example, if a top sport requested is currently not feasible, it is important to share the reasoning with students and other interested parties, including school board members.