Students who strongly agree that their school is committed to building students’ strengths and that they have a teacher who makes them excited about the future are almost 30 times as likely to be engaged learners as their peers who strongly disagree with both statements.* However, less than half of students strongly agree that they get to do what they do best every day, and nearly seven in 10 K-12 teachers are not engaged in their work.
Here are some key findings and insights from this must-read report for educational leaders:
- Just 33% of the more than 600,000 students who participated in the 2013 Gallup Student Poll scored highly on all three factors linked to success at school and beyond: hope, engagement, and well-being.
- Less than half of students strongly agree that they get to do what they do best every day, leading to boredom and frustration as their greatest talents go undeveloped.
- Within the first five years on the job, between 40% and 50% of teachers leave the profession. A lack of autonomy needed to effectively use their talents plays a significant role in teacher turnover rates.
- Teachers compare favorably to other U.S. workers in agreeing that they are able to do what they do best every day -- but they are last among 12 occupational groups studied when it comes to feeling their opinions count at work.
- Just 29% of Americans agree that the country’s high school graduates are ready for college, and 17% say graduates are prepared to join the labor force.
- Many U.S. school districts struggle with a lack of adequate school board leadership; 37% of superintendents strongly agree that their districts are well-governed at the board level.
- Young adults who say they had frequent opportunities in their last year of school to develop real-world problem-solving skills are about twice as likely as those who disagree to report higher-quality work lives.