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Gallup Student Poll

May 15, 2009
Gallup has harnessed years of research and development, and distilled three key indicators of student success into a single metric. The free poll measures student hope for the future, engagement with school, and wellbeing - factors that have been shown to drive students' grades, achievement scores, retention, and future employment.

The Gallup Student Poll

Gallup is now adding the voice of America's youth to the dialogue around how to ensure a positive future for all American students. The Gallup Student Poll is a landmark new measure that captures the youth voice, a critical but too often missing part of the national dialogue surrounding student performance and success. The Gallup Student Poll will track for 10 years the hope, engagement, and wellbeing of public school students in grades 5 through 12 across the United States. Public schools and districts may participate at no cost. Through a Web-based survey administered in the fall of each school year, the poll supplies teachers, administrators and community leaders with actionable and malleable data related to other key achievement measures. Hope, engagement, and wellbeing results fill the data void, helping schools, districts, and community leaders to build more effective, holistic strategies aimed at student success.

Hope - the ideas and energy we have for the future.

Hope drives attendance, credits earned, and GPA of high school students. Hope scores are more robust predictors of college success than are high school GPA, SAT, and ACT scores.

Engagement - the involvement in and enthusiasm for school.

Engagement distinguishes between high-performing and low-performing schools.

Wellbeing - how we think about and experience our lives.

Wellbeing tells us how our students are doing today and predicts their success in the future.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. In addition to several demographic questions (age, grade, gender, etc.) and an occasional additional index, students are asked 20 core items about what they do, how they think, and how they feel about their home, school, and community life.