Gallup: Student Success Linked to Positive Outlook
Engagement found to wane in middle school
Roughly half of today's students are hopeful about their futures, while two-thirds are engaged in their learning and two-thirds have high well-being, according to Gallup, a polling organization. Those three positive traits are closely linked to student success and should be focal points for educators, the polling group says.
Gallup's data about student "hope," "engagement," and "well-being," based on polling of nearly 1 million students in grades 5-12 from 2009 to 2011, was the focus of a policy meeting convened by the group here this week.
Shane Lopez, a senior scientist at Gallup, told attendees that the finding on student hope is significant because, according to the organization's meta-analysis of studies linking hope and achievement, hope accounts for about 13 percent of the variance in students' academic success, defined by such markers as attendance, credits attempted and earned, and graduation. "That's a...
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