How to Keep Kids Excited About School

Gallup has surveyed nearly 5 million students from thousands of schools in the U.S. and Canada each year since 2009. The latest findings of their annual survey released today show a steep drop in student engagement that begins in middle school and lasts through high school.

Gallup measured engagement on nine items:

  • At this school, I get to do what I do best every day.
  • My teachers make me feel my schoolwork is important.
  • I feel safe in this school.
  • I have fun at school.
  • I have a best friend at school.
  • In the last seven days, someone has told me I have done good work at school.
  • In the last seven days, I have learned something interesting at school.
  • The adults at my school care about me.
  • I have at least one teacher who makes me excited about the future.

Rankings on every single item declined so precipitously between the fifth and eleventh grades that Gallup characterized the drop-off as a “cliff.”

Gallup also suggested six ways to keep kids excited about school.