Common Instrument Suite-Student (CIS-S) Survey

The PEAR Institute’s Common Instrument Suite Student (CIS-S) survey is a youth self-report survey that measures a variety of STEM-related attitudes, including STEM engagement, STEM career knowledge, and STEM identity. The CIS-S has been administered over 130,000 times to youth enrolled in informal/OST STEM programs, as well as in schools across 47 U.S. states, and across eight countries in Asia, South America, and Europe. It was developed with informal, out-of-school time (OST) programs in mind but can be administered in schools as the concepts are equally applicable. The purpose of the survey is to better understand how informal STEM programming impacts students’ perceptions/attitudes towards STEM. Four standard survey offerings are available based on outcomes of interest and age ranges. The CIS-S is available in three administration formats: • Traditional Pre-Post: This method asks students to complete the survey twice: 1x at the beginning of the program and 1x at the end of the program. Change is measured by subtracting pretest scores from posttest scores. • Retrospective Pre-Post: This method is similar to the traditional pre-post, but students answer each question 2x (in one sitting) from two different frames of reference: “before the program” and “at this time.” The survey is administered once at the end of the program. • Retrospective Self-Change: This method asks students to reflect on how much they feel they have changed over the period of programming. It is administered 1x at the end of the program. Students are shown a statement and are asked to think back to the beginning of the program and rate whether they do/feel things less or more because of the program.

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