US teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much | Digital/Edu

Uptake of engagement linked to achievement scores…’hope’ factor greater indicator of college grades than GPA or SAT

“The Gallup polls ask students, teachers, principals, and other professionals about their levels of hope, emotional engagement, and wellbeing at work or school. While these qualities may seem like frills, they’ve been demonstrated over time to have powerful correlations with harder metrics, like a company’s profits or a school’s test scores. For example, in 2009, Gallup studied 78,000 students in 160 schools in eight states, finding that a one-percentage-point uptick in a school’s average student engagement was connected to an average six-point increase in reading achievement and eight points in math. Similarly, Gallup researchers have found in peer-reviewed studies that their “hope” measure was a better predictor of grades in college than SATs, ACTs or high school GPA. In a third study, students’ levels of hope accounted for almost half of the variation in math achievement and at least one-third of their variation in reading and science scores.”

From Al Smith – @kssreads

Works Cited
Kamanentz, Anya. “Almost 70% of Teachers Are Not Engaged. Here’s Why That Matters so Much.” Digital Almost 70 of Teachers Are Not Engaged Heres Why That Matters so Much Comments. The Hechinger Report, 6 Apr. 2015. Web. 09 Apr. 2014. .

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