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Gallup poll: student engagement falls drastically from 5th to 12th grade

By Lars Johnson

Gallup has gathered quite a collection of research showing that student hope and engagement are strong predictors of college success. In fact, they’ve shown such constructs to be better predictors than high school GPA or test scores.

Fittingly, the focus of the annual Gallup Student Poll is to measure student hope, engagement, and wellbeing. This year’s poll results show a gradual but steady decline in engagement from 5th through 12th grade – from 76% down to 44%. This is an alarming trend.

A blog post by the director of Gallup Education puts it well:

The drop in student engagement for each year students are in school is our monumental, collective national failure. There are several things that might help to explain why this is happening -- ranging from our overzealous focus on standardized testing and curricula to our lack of experiential and project-based learning pathways for students.

Might a deep rethinking of school design, especially for disengaged high school students, be essential to correct this trend?

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It might help then it might not. There are policies that needs to be adjusted and then the wiring of teachers and the social settings the child lives in. It isn't about school design it is about school culture and community environment.

What creates a culture and a community environment? Is it in the school's design? Does a school's design affect the culture and environment? If the school's design does not engage students, won't that affect the culture and environment? School design matters. Drastic changes need to occur in how we structure our schools and teach our students if we want them to be engaged and be successful after high school.

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