Gallup Student Poll Webinar
February 23, 2010
The Gallup Student Poll tracks the hope, engagement, and well-being of students in grades 5 through 12 across the United States. In 2009, the Gallup Student Poll found that only one half of students were engaged in school. NCSL and the Forum for Youth Investment hosted a free webinar for state legislators and policymakers to learn more about the Gallup Student Poll and how its findings on student hope, engagement and wellness can be used in their states.
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- Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., Senior Scientist in Residence, is the architect of the Gallup Student Poll, and he directs the annual Gallup Wellbeing Forum, which convenes scholars, leaders and decision-makers to discuss health care and global well-being. He also serves as the Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute.
- Valerie J. Calderon, Ph.D. is the managing consultant for the Gallup Student Poll, an assessment and solutions initiative measuring the hope, engagement, and wellbeing of America’s students in grades 5 through 12. She leads internal teams in project development and advises schools, districts, state departments of education and partner organizations in survey administration, data interpretation and solutions initiatives.
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About the Gallup Student Poll
The Gallup Student Poll tracks the hope, engagement, and well-being of students in grades 5 through 12 across the United States. Through a Web-based survey administered in America's schools, cities, school districts, and state departments of education are partnering with Gallup and America's Promise Alliance to gather sound, actionable data that can help explain and address the graduation crisis. The youth voice is a critical missing part of the national dialogue about retention in school, and the Gallup Student Poll gives America's young people a voice to convey their daily experiences and aspirations for the future.
In 2009, this study found that:
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- Half of students are hopeful; these students possess numerous ideas and abundant energy for the future. The other half of students are stuck or discouraged, lacking the ideas and energy they need to navigate problems and reach goals.
- Half of students are engaged; they are highly involved with and enthusiastic about school. The other half of students are either going through the motions at school or actively undermining the teaching and learning process.
- Two-thirds of students were thriving. They think about their present and future life in positive terms, and they tend to be in good health and have strong social support. Just over one-third of students are struggling or suffering.
Vistit the Gallup Student Poll website for more details.
Participating in the Gallup Student Poll
Several schools and districts in thirty-eight states have participated in the Gallup Student Poll. Click here to view the list of schools/districts that participated in the Poll in Spring 2009. Click here to view our Gallup Poll FAQ for more details about how your state can participate.
If you are interested in bringing the Poll to your state, contact the NCSL Youth Project at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-364-7700.
NCSL, the Forum for Youth Investment, Gallup, and America's Promise are part of the Ready by 21 Partnership helping to improve outcomes for youth.