Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

Learning From Student Voice: Are Students Engaged?

When students have a love of learning and a desire to succeed ─ when they are genuinely engaged with their school and their education ─ they are more likely to learn. Since student engagement is a leading indicator of academic achievement and persistence in school as well as a key element of school climate, educators can greatly benefit from measuring it. So, what does engagement look like, according to the students themselves? To answer this question, YouthTruth analyzed survey responses from over 230,000 students in grades three through twelve. The data was gathered between November 2012 and June 2017 through YouthTruth's anonymous online climate and culture survey, administered in partnership with school districts and charter management organizations across 36 states. Our analysis looked at a subset of questions related to student engagement and uncovered some key insights.

December 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States

2015-2016 Summer Melt Texting Initiative: Lessons Learned on What it Takes to Launch a Program

Education and Literacy;Nonprofits and Philanthropy;Race and Ethnicity

2015-2016 Summer Melt Texting Initiative: Lessons Learned on What it Takes to Launch a Program

At Great Lakes we focus on helping students of color, students from low-income families and those who are the first in theirfamilies to attend college. These underserved students have the most to gain from earning a degree or credential, but face the steepest challenges in getting there. One of the first barriers they need to overcome is "summer melt." The purpose of this report is to share lessons learned by three high school districts during the development and launch of a summer melt texting program.

October 2017

Geographic Focus: North America / United States (Midwestern) / Wisconsin

Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever

Education and Literacy;Race and Ethnicity

Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever

By most measures, the educational attainment of blacks is currently at the highest it has ever been. After decades of stagnation, high school completion rates for blacks have increased rapidly since 2000. This issue brief will focus on the high school status completion rates of blacks ages 20 to 24 since 1975. Future reports will focus on other issues facing young blacks, including college graduation rates, unemployment rates, wages, and poverty rates.

March 2015

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

Staying in School: Arts Education and New York City High School Graduation Rates

Arts and Culture, Education and Literacy

Staying in School: Arts Education and New York City High School Graduation Rates

Explores links between arts education -- certified teachers, dedicated and equipped arts classrooms, partnerships, field trips -- and high school graduation rates in New York City public schools. Calls for arts instruction for at-risk students.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York, North America-United States (Northeastern)-New York-New York County-New York City

Effect of Transitions on Access to Higher Education, The

Education and Literacy

Effect of Transitions on Access to Higher Education, The

Explores how the transition process from secondary to higher education affects access to higher education in the Netherlands, South Africa, Ukraine, and the United States. Examines barriers and makes recommendations for expanding "access with success."

Geographic Focus: North America-United States;Europe (Northwestern)-Netherlands;Africa (Southern)-South Africa;Europe (Eastern)-Ukraine

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

Arts and Culture, Education and Literacy

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

This report examines the academic and civic behavior outcomes of teenagers and young adults who have engaged deeply with the arts in or out of school.

In several small-group studies, children and teenagers who participated in arts education programs have shown more positive academic and social outcomes in comparison to students who did not participate in those programs. Such studies have proved essential to the current research literature on the types of instrumental benefits associated with an arts education.

A standard weakness of the literature, however, has been a dearth of large-scale, longitudinal studies following the same populations over time, tracking the outcomes of students who received intensive arts exposure or arts learning compared with students who did not. This report is a partial attempt to fill this knowledge gap. The report's authors, James Catterall et al., use four large national databases to analyze the relationship between arts involvement and academic and social achievements.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

Policies Paved the Way: Early College Innovation in North Carolina

Education and Literacy;Government Reform

Policies Paved the Way: Early College Innovation in North Carolina

Describes how state leaders spurred innovation to raise high school graduation and college-readiness rates through cooperative programs between school boards and community colleges, nonprofit support, and start-up grants. Discusses remaining barriers.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Southern)-North Carolina

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