A recent poll of nearly a million U.S. students concludes that schools need to work on building supports to keep students invested in their educations, especially as they advance in grade, reports Education Week.
The survey, conducted by Gallup, found that only half of adolescents report feeling engaged in school, and a fifth are actively disengaged. About 10 percent of students are classified as both disengaged and discouraged.
The survey suggests that engagement drops as students age because older students feel less cared for by adults and see less value in their own work.
Panelists at a Gallup event where the results were released explored a number of ideas to improve student engagement in schools. They highlighted the importance of improving parental engagement as a way of boosting students' sense of connection.
"Many of the parents want to help but they don't know what to do, and we need to work a little closer with them to find that common ground," said Harold Fitrer, the president and CEO of Communities in Schools of Richmond, which works to prevent dropouts and improve students' attendance in Richmond, Va., schools.