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The Student Experience® Survey items are rooted in years of Gallup® research around student hope and engagement and measure select educator standards from across the country. The survey was developed using research and best practices around survey implementation and administration protocols to ensure accuracy, reliability, and confidence in the results. Below is a sample of this research.

Asking Students about Teaching: Student Perception Surveys and Their Implementation
This report from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project outlines “four overriding requirements of any system considering student surveys as part of formal feedback and evaluation for teachers.”
Research indicates that “hope is a better predictor of ongoing [college] enrollment and graduation than [ACT scores].”
—Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.,
Gallup Senior Scientist and author of Making Hope Happen

Capturing the Dimensions of Effective Teaching
Thomas Kane, a professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, explains that student surveys can be a powerful complement to other multiple measures in supporting educator effectiveness.

Gallup® Student Poll
The Gallup® Student Poll gathers student feedback in grades 5 through 12 according to four dimensions of student success in schools: engagement, hope, entrepreneurial aspiration, and financial/career literacy. Items on The Student Experience® Survey have been adapted from the Gallup® Student Poll to measure student hope and engagement at the classroom level.

Not Enough Students Are Success-Ready
“Hopeful students take their education more seriously and bring positive ideas and energy to the learning process, making emotional engagement in school more likely,” writes Shane Lopez, senior scientist at Gallup.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
Why do some children succeed while others fail? Author Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, and self-control.

Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others
Written by Shane Lopez, senior scientist at Gallup, this book provides strategies for building a high-hope mindset and shares stories from parents, educators, entrepreneurs, and others who have used hope to change their lives as well as their schools, workplaces, and communities. Watch Shane talk about hope as a strategy in schools