Since 2008, YouthTruth has been listening. We’ve partnered with schools and districts to accelerate local change based on student feedback. Through this work we’ve heard from hundreds of thousands of student across the country.
What are we learning? In 2016, we launched the Learning from Student Voice series to bring that data and insight to bear on pressing challenges related to school experience and improvement.
SPOTLIGHT ON: School Safety
To shine a light on students’ perceptions of school safety, YouthTruth analyzed survey responses from nearly 35,000 students in grades five through twelve. The data was gathered through YouthTruth’s anonymous school experience survey, administered in partnership with school districts and charter management organizations across eight states. Learn what students have to say about climate, culture, and school safety here.
Student Voice in Action
In this guidebook, you’ll find protocols and strategies to engage students in school climate data and lead alongside adults in defining and meeting improvement goals. Learn how YouthTruth and districts like San Luis Coastal Unified District, Monterey Peninusla Unified School District, Oxnard Union High School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and the High Tech High network are elevating student voice to accelerate change here.
Other studies linking student perceptions with student learning and academic achievement:
- What Matters for Staying on Track and Graduating in Chicago Public High Schools
- Perceptions of Classroom Environment, Achievement Goals, and Achievement Outcomes
- Student Engagement and Student Learning: Testing the Linkages
- A Research Synthesis of the Associations Between Socioeconomic Background, Inequality, School Climate, and Academic Achievement