Rigor has become a buzzword in education – and with good reason.
Rigorous coursework and instruction are fundamental to student engagement and achievement, and a critical part of setting students up for post-secondary success. The majority of students today want to go to college, and it’s important that their K-12 learning experiences prepare them for the academic challenges they will face there.
Since student perception data is empirically linked to and predictive of academic outcomes, understanding students’ experiences in their K-12 classes can give educators and school leaders rapid feedback to inform instructional practices. We analyzed data, collected from nearly 183,000 public school students across the country in grades three through twelve, and found a number of interesting results:
Similarly, the majority of students believe they must work hard in order to receive good grades, ranging from 76 percent of elementary school students to 87 percent of middle school students and 82 percent of high school students.
It’s encouraging that the majority of students report feeling challenged at school. Across all grade levels, most students report that they feel challenged by their coursework and their teachers, including 82 percent of elementary school students, 73 percent of middle school students and 67 percent of high school students.