Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is encouraging school districts to participate this fall in the Gallup Student Poll, a survey for students in grades 5 through 12 which measures three positive indicators for student success: hope for the future, engagement with school, and wellbeing.
An overview of the Gallup Student Poll can be found at here. Districts must register to participate in the poll and that can be done at this same link.
Students will take part in the free, 10-minute poll in October. The survey tracks three key indicators of success in 5th-12th grade students:
- Hope – the ideas and energy students have for the future. This drives attendance, credits earned and GPS of high school students and is often a better predictor of college success than high school GPA and ACT scores.
- Engagement – student’s involvement in and enthusiasm for school. Engagement can distinguish between a high-performing and low-performing school.
- Wellbeing – how student’s think about and experience their lives. Wellbeing not only tells us how students are doing today, but also predicts their success in the future.
Gallup will not reveal a student’s individual item responses under any circumstances.
Data will be shared with principals and superintendents through an online scorecard on the designated national reporting day. The results will provide teachers, administrators and community leaders with insight into student needs and data that can be used to design more effective strategies for improving student success and college/career-readiness.
A webinar about the poll will be conducted on Sept. 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., EDT. No pre-registration for the webinar is required. To participate, connect to the dial-in number via phone (866-740-1260; Access code 9386602) and log-in to https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ec33l6au9tj7. The webinar will be conducted by Dr. Valerie Calderon, a researcher with Gallup.