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Student Athletic Interest Survey

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School districts must administer a student survey at least once every three years. This survey helps schools determine student interest in specific sports so they can plan which sports to offer to equally meet the interests of male and female students.

OSPI revised the Student Athletic Interest Survey in August 2018. Please use the new and revised resources below.

Survey Instructions (Includes instructions for administering the survey and analyzing the results, information about the Three-Part Test, and frequently asked questions)

Step 1  
Survey all students using the OSPI survey questions (Revised in August 2018)
English | Arabic | Chinese | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese

School districts must use the survey questions developed by OSPI. With OSPI approval, however, schools may modify the contents of the survey if necessary to clarify and assist in evaluating student interest.

Schools do not need OSPI approval to make formatting changes, add questions, or adapt the survey for Scantron or online application. For example, if regional competition exists for sports not listed on the OSPI survey, a school may add those sports to the survey without OSPI approval to help determine student interest. Some schools also find it helpful to add additional demographic questions—such as race and ethnicity—to better understand students’ athletic interests and any perceived barriers to participation.

Adapting the Survey for Online Use

Step 2  
Disaggregate the survey results by sex and by building to determine the top sports requested and the top reasons for non-participation

Student Athletic Survey: Results Summary Worksheet  (Revised in August 2018)

Step 3  
Plan next steps. Consider the results of the survey when evaluating the athletic programs and to make sure the district meets the Three-Part Test.

If the top sports requested by the underrepresented sex are not currently offered, plan next steps - such as following up with students about their interest, researching the feasibility of the sport and available competition, and assessing if there are enough interested students in a new sport or squad to sustain a team.

Student Interests and Abilities | Three-Part Test

Schools must make sure their athletic programs accommodate the interests and abilities of both sexes, considering the results of the athletic interest survey. The Three-Part Test determines if a school is equally meeting the interests and abilities of male and female students.

The Athletic Opportunities Worksheet can help you evaluate your school’s compliance with the Three-Part Test.

State Policy

  • Athletics (Guidelines: Prohibiting Discrimination, pages 40–54)
  • WAC 392-190-025 Recreational and Athletic Activities
  • WAC 392-190-030 Recreational and Athletic Activities—Annual Athletic Evaluation
  • WAC 392-190-040 Recreational and Athletic Activities—Student Athletic Interest Survey
  • WAC 392-190-045 Recreational and Athletic Activities—Facilities

Federal Policy and Guidance

Three Part Test

Students with Disabilities