Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Student Engagement Amongst Grades

Data collected from surveys by Gallup show that nearly half of students say they are engaged in school and such students are 2.5 times more likely to get good grades than their disengaged peers. The data show the engagement is highest among elementary-school students, but it drops off between fifth and 10th grades. Moreover, engagement is strong at the end of elementary school, with nearly three-quarters of fifth-graders reporting high levels of engagement. Also, in the early years of the research, Gallup discovered two items that had a powerful connection to engagement. Students who were able to "strongly agree" with the statements "My school is committed to building the strengths of each student" and "I have at least one teacher who makes me excited about the future" were 30 times as likely to be engaged at school when compared with students who strongly disagreed with the same items. A key to building a culture of student engagement is to have students who partner with caring adults to develop their potential.

Hodges, T. (2018). School engagement is more than just talk. Washington, D.C.: Gallup. https://www.gallup.com/education/244022/school-engagement-talk.aspx

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