New Report Released by the Pearson Foundation Confirms Students Want to Do Well in School and that Getting Good Grades is Important

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The 2012 My Voice National Student Report released today has identified a growing gap between students’ interest in school and the support they feel they receive from their peers.

A new report has identified a growing gap between students’ interest in school and the support they feel they receive from their peers. The 2012 My Voice National Student Report found that while 94% of students believe they can be successful in school and 91% say getting good grades is important to them, many find school boring, and less than half say other students support them.

The annual My Voice National Student Reports seek to help nurture the potential of young people through enhanced understanding of students’ goals and aspirations and by gathering their perceptions of school. Survey results are used by educators to facilitate a student-centered environment where young people feel safe, valued and supported. This new report highlights the outcomes of more than 94,000 students surveyed from 355 schools across the United States. The data was collected by the My Voice My School Survey, which was developed by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) and administered by the Pearson Foundation. The survey is grounded in the proven framework of 8 Conditions that Make a Difference created by the QISA.

The timely, pertinent information provided in this latest report demonstrates why school leaders are increasingly utilizing student voice data and capitalizing on its power to increase academic, social and personal achievement. In fact, due to the acknowledged value of such data, schools and districts that received funding through the Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RTT) program are required to employ programs that address the whole child, paying specific attention to students’ social and emotional needs. With support from the Pearson Foundation, the state of Ohio is now using a portion of its RTT funds to engage in the largest state-led student voice project initiative ever undertaken, which will reach more than one million students throughout the state. The Pearson Foundation is working to provide support to additional states and Race to the Top district winners as part of its Million Voice Grant program, through which schools will receive grants to administer My School Surveys among their students in grades 6-12.

“It is wonderful to see that so many students want to succeed,” said Dr. Russell J. Quaglia, founder of the My Voice Survey, in reaction to the 2012 results. “Understanding students is at the heart of what this survey is all about. This report provides powerful data that can be used to foster student success.”

“Listening to the student voice opens up a window into the school that is invariably enlightening,” said Pearson Foundation President Mark Nieker. “We continue to hear from educators and administrators that My Voice has empowered them to take action on behalf of their students.”

For more information on My Voice surveys and digital initiatives and to download the My Voice National Student Report, visit

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