Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?

Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?

While the majority of elementary, middle, and high school students say they feel engaged in school, only 46 percent of high school students feel that what they are learning helps them outside of school, a report from YouthTruth finds. Based on an online survey of students conducted between 2012 and 2017, the report, Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged? (8 pages, PDF), found that only a slight majority (52 percent) of middle and high school students said they enjoyed coming to school most of the time. The survey also found that 72 percent of middle school students and 68 percent of high school students take pride in their school work, as do 74 percent of female students and 66 percent of male students, compared with only 44 percent of students who identify in another way. Given that student engagement is a leading indicator of academic achievement, the report calls for stepped-up efforts to measure engagement and listen to students in order to understand where to target improvements.