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Charting the Path from Engagement to Achievement - The High School Survey of Student Engagement has been measuring the engagement of secondary students since 2003 and offers teachers and administrators actionable information on school characteristics that shape the student experience. Since 2006, more than 300,000 students in over 40 states have taken the survey. It’s a short, reliable, paper-based survey that is easy for students to complete. The most recent results from the annual High School Survey of Student Engagement closely resemble past findings, reflecting bored students who say they are not connected to their school. (Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, June 2010)...

Power of Longitudinal Data: Measuring Student Academic Growth - The use of growth models statewide requires that states develop longitudinal data systems to track individual student performance over time. This report identifies the eight essential elements which should be incorporated in the growth model and indicates the policy and practice questions growth models can help address. (Data Quality Campaign, 2008)...

Teachers' Use of Student Data Systems to Improve Instruction: 2005 to 2007 - Using data from national surveys of teachers and school districts, this brief documents the results of efforts to promote data-informed decision-making within schools. Estimates of the prevalence of K-12 teachers’ access to and use of electronic student data systems at two time points (schools years 2004-05 and 2006-07) are provided. Specifically, the brief addresses three research questions: (1) How broadly are student data systems being implemented in districts and schools; (2) How prevalent are supports for data use and tools for generating and acting on data; and, (3) How are school staff using student data systems. (Lawrence Gallagher, Barbara Means and Christine Padilla, U.S. Department of Education, 2008)...

Every Child, Every Promise: Turning Failure into Action - This study examines how well children are receiving the "Five Promises" – caring adults, safe places and constructive use of time, a healthy start and healthy development, effective education for marketable skills and lifelong learning, and opportunities to make a difference through helping others – key developmental resources that correlate with success. Although the report finds good news shows how to turn failure into action, it also finds that there is much work to do: (1) Only 31% of school-age children are receiving enough promises to be confident of success; (2) More than 10 million children are experiencing only 0 or 1 Promise; (3) 20% of young people, or 8.5 million, lack caring adults in their lives; only 8% of children have a formal mentor; (4) More than 40% do not believe they will be able to reach their goals in the future. (America's Promise, 2006) ...

The State of Our Nation’s Youth 2005-2006 - This survey – the latest in a series – reports on the lives and aspirations of American youth ages 13-19. Young people share both facts and opinions on their future aspirations, schools, personal habits and preferences, and families. Among the numerous findings: Half of students rated their schools a “B,” while their schools seem to be more generous graders — 73% of students reported getting either mostly all "A's" or a mix of "A's" and "B's"; 57% of students described expectations at their school as “moderate”; and 31% as having to meet high expectations. Four in five believe exit exams in mathematics and English would improve their schools, while a whopping 95% felt providing opportunities for more real-world learning would make their schools better. (Horatio Alger Association, 2005)...

The Uhlich Report Card - Now in its sixth year, the Uhlich Teen Report Card examines where America's teens get their information from and who influences them. The researchers found that America's teens say television (56%) most impacts their opinions about world, national and local events. Newspapers come in a distant second (11.5%). Magazines come in last at (3%), while the Internet influences 8.8% of America's teens about the news. Forty-one percent of America's young people turn to parents and family members for perspective on the news. Young people give adults a grade of “B” in providing education and a “C-“ in “really listening to and understanding young people.” (Uhlich Children's Advantage Network, June 2004)...

The State of Our Nation’s Youth, 2003-2004 - This survey, the latest in a series, reports on the lives and aspirations of American youth ages 13-19. Young people share both facts and opinions on their futures, schools, families and their country’s future, and their day-to-day lives outside school. Eighty-eight percent of youth surveyed believe that college is “critical” or “very important” for success, and 80% of responents plan to go to a four-year college. Fifty percent of young people surveyed said that if they could, they would spend more time with their family. The greatest percentage (29%) of high school students expressed “a lot of interest” in a possible career in technology, while 48% expressed “no interest at all” in a potential career in government or public service. (Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., August 2004)...


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