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March 23rd, 2010
San Marcos CISD students learn about 2010 census by taking one

032210travisurA student at Travis Elementary School concentrates on his “mock survey.” San Marcos CISD photo.

STAFF REPORT

The students in San Marcos CISD are filling out “mock surveys” to learn about the U.S. Census for 2010. The district worked with Texas State to create and administer a  mock census to illustrate the ways the survey works.

Two sets of age appropriate questions were administered, one for students in the grades from kindergarten to fifth grade and one for students in grades 6-12.

Examples of the questions on the elementary survey include “What is your age?” and “How many pets live in your home?” and “How many people live in your home?”

The survey for older students were more similar to actual survey questions, but also asked questions like, “How many courses are you taking this spring?”

Before the surveys were administered, San Marcos CISD Superintendent Patty Shafer sent a letter home to all parents explaining the purpose of the mock surveys.

“With the 2010 Census, we all have an opportunity to participate in an important civic lesson … We want all of our students to begin to understand the importance of this once-every-decade activity,” Shafer said.

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