P21 Endorses Pearson Foundation's Million Voice Project

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One-of-a-Kind Research Initiative to Survey Student Perspectives on Learning

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I would like to congratulate the Pearson Foundation on launching the Million Voices Project. It is clear that students find class more enjoyable and engaging when teachers fuse the three Rs and four Cs -- critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation. This project will help educators gauge how best to fuse the three Rs and four Cs.

The Pearson Foundation announced today that P21, the national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student, is supporting the Million Voice Project, an online administration of the My Voice Survey from the Quaglia Research Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA). The Million Voice Project will be completed with active support from thousands of schools and communities and is designed to capture the perspectives of one million middle and high school students nationwide.

The Million Voice Project builds on QISA's existing My Voice Survey, which assesses students' perceptions to help school districts gauge students' personal sense of self-worth, active engagement and sense of purpose and then correlate these to measurable academic gains.

The survey, available at http://www.millionvoice.org, is provided free of charge thanks to the Pearson Foundation. And schools leaders at participating schools will receive individualized, immediate and confidential results when their students complete the assessment. With this data, educators can act quickly to improve the educational experience for all of their students.

Beginning later this spring, the Pearson Foundation will also publish composite state- and national-survey results so educators everywhere have the chance to improve learning outcomes and ensure increased academic success.

Of P21's support for the Million Voice Project, Ken Kay, president of P21, said, "I would like to congratulate the Pearson Foundation on launching the Million Voices Project. It is clear that students find class more enjoyable and engaging when teachers fuse the three Rs and four Cs -- critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, communication and creativity and innovation. This project will help educators gauge how best to fuse the three Rs and four Cs."

"The Million Voice Project aims to assemble the most substantial research-based understanding of student attitudes and experiences in the American education system. We're allowing students to provide feedback on their experiences, so they can make a difference in their own education. We're honored that leading educational associations, like P21, are supporting our project to help improve our schools," said Mark Nieker, president of the Pearson Foundation.

The American Association for School Administrators (AASA), the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSO), the National Catholic Educators Association (NCEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) also endorsed the Pearson Foundation's Million Voice Project.

Log on to http://www.millionvoice.org to learn more or visit http://www.pearsonfoundation.org for more information about the Pearson Foundation's support of this campaign.

About the Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The Foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities.

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