The Wake County school system is asking eighth-grade students to take an online survey on what sports they're interested in and what they might want the district to begin offering in the future.
The survey is part of an agreement that Wake reached in June with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights to settle a complaint alleging Title IX discrimination against female student-athletes.
Wake agreed to survey eighth-grade students to gauge their interest in sports that are not now offered by the district. Based on the results, Wake will look to add athletic opportunities at the high schools for the 2013-14 school year.
The school district says the survey will only take five minutes and the responses will be confidential. You don't need to be a current participant in athletics to respond.
Wake was initially supposed to do the survey by Dec. 1. But it looks like they've got until Dec. 21 now.
In addition to taking the survey, students can download a "Request New High School Sports or Levels of Sports Form" that can be sent to the district.
Wake has denied discriminating against female athletes. But OCR charged that its investigation "revealed large disparities between the district-wide enrollment of female students and their participation in interscholastic athletics."
OCR also said that Wake and three other school districts that settled Title IX complaints "had not conducted recent district-wide assessments of student athletic interest."