Not Enough Students Are Success-Ready

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  • Most fifth- through 12th-grade students in the U.S. aren't success-ready. That's what the findings of Gallup's State of America's Schools report suggest. According to the Gallup Student Poll, only 33% of U.S. students surveyed in grades five through 12 are success-ready — or hopeful, engaged, and with thriving well-being. Hope, engagement, and well-being are significantly related to student performance, influencing outcomes such as grades, credits earned, achievement scores, likelihood to stay in school, and future employment.
  • More than 600,000 students in grades five through 12 completed the Gallup Student Poll in fall 2013. Students from schools that elect to participate in the survey complete the online poll, which Gallup offers each year at no cost to public schools and school districts across the U.S. Though a large number of students take the poll each fall, the results aren't representative of the U.S. student population. But the results do offer an illuminating look at how more than half a million young people feel about the quality of their lives, their experiences at school, and their future.
  • While 54% of students surveyed in the U.S. are hopeful, almost half lack hope for the future, reporting they feel stuck in their lives (32%) or discouraged about the future (14%). Hopeful students take their education more seriously and bring positive ideas and energy to the learning process, making emotional engagement in school more likely.
  • A similar percentage of students are engaged with school (55%). But almost half are either not engaged (28%) or are actively disengaged (17%). Students' emotional engagement with school is the non-cognitive measure most directly related to academic achievement.

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