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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gallup Spotlight on Education

We're out today with the first national results of the Gallup Student Poll we conduct in school districts throughout the country.

The survey asks students in grades 5-12 about their hope for the future, engagement in school, and overall wellbeing. The good news is that many students are doing well. They feel good about their friends and family and are generally happy. But students aren't as positive about their schools, their ability to energetically pursue their goals, or to readily solve problems. Their responses also make clear the adults around them could be doing more to help them maximize their potential, for example, by helping them to do what they do best or giving them more recognition for good work. What's more, the finding that 92% of students strongly agree they will graduate from high school, while 70% actually do, makes it clear that many students lack the push they need to turn their hopes into reality.

The Student Poll results are the first in a series of stories on education issues coming up on Gallup.com. On Aug. 25, we'll release the results of the 42nd annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll on the public's attitudes toward public schools. That survey gives us an in-depth look at Americans' views on the public school system, including their opinions on the role of the federal government, their views of teachers, and who ultimately should be held accountable for what students learn.

Additionally, our Aug. 5-8 Gallup poll, which is just out of the field, includes our annual update on Americans' and parents' views of U.S. public schools and the quality of education students receive.

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Additionally, policy-makers, business leaders, educators, and community leaders interested in using this research to develop more informed strategies to improve education are encouraged to register for Gallup's School of Thought summit to be held Aug. 25 at our Washington, D.C. headquarters.

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