Enhanced Gallup Student Poll

Ensuring NKY Youth are "Ready for the Future"

 
In 2010, Northern Kentucky was selected by the Ready by 21 National Partnership and Gallup as the national pilot site for the enhanced version of the Gallup Student Poll. The Northern Kentucky Education Council has served as the lead agency for coordination and administration of the poll with initial support from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and Vision 2015. The Forum for Youth Investment provided funding to support the two-year pilot.
 
THE GALLUP STUDENT POLL ASKS YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT:
 
  • Hope - Their ideas and energy for the future
  • Engagement - Their involvement in and enthusiasm for school
  • Wellbeing - How they think about and experience their lives

 

HOPE, ENGAGEMENT AND WELLBEING ARE PROVEN INDICATORS OF SUCCESS WITH LINKS TO:
 
  • Grades
  • Achievement scores
  • Retention
  • Future employment

 

The enhanced version of the Gallup Student Poll tracks individual student progress around a composite hope, engagement and wellbeing score called "Ready for the Future". Students who are Ready for the Future are hopeful for the future, engaged at school and thriving in life. These students are more likely to succeed academically and maintain good health over time.
 
  • In 2011, the enhanced version of the poll was administered in 49 schools representing 13 Northern Kentucky public school districts and one out-of-school provider.  A total of 20,552 Northern Kentucky students participated in the poll.
  • In 2012, the enhanced version of the poll was administered in 81 schools representing 13 Northern Kentucky public school districts and one out-of-school provider.  A total of 24,586 Northern Kentucky students participated in the poll.
  • In 2013, the enhanced version of the poll was administered in 67 schools representing 12 Northern Kentucky public school districts.  A total of 20,591 Northern Kentucky students participated in the poll.
  • In 2014, the enhanced version of the poll was administered in 84 schools representing 13 Northern Kentucky public school districts.  A total of 22,941 Northern Kentucky students participated in the poll.

 

KEY 2014 GALLUP STUDENT POLL FINDINGS*

  • 56% qualify as hopeful: students possess numerous ideas and abundant energy for the future.
  • 57% qualify as engaged: students are highly involved with and enthusiastic about school.
  • 71% qualify as thriving: students think about present and future life in positive terms, they tend to be in good health and have strong social support.
  • 37% qualify as "Ready for the Future": students are hopeful, engaged and thriving.  

 *Northern Kentucky results are based on an online poll completed in November 12, 2014 through December 5, 2014. 

For 2014 Gallup Student Poll data for the Northern Kentucky region, click here.

 

FROM DATA TO ACTION

Dr. Kathy Burkhardt, Superintendent of the Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, said her school district has embraced the data and is using it to better understand the needs, challenges and opportunities facing students. "The Gallup Student Poll data allows us to know more than just the academic pieces in a student's life," Burkhardt said. "We have been treating the symptoms, such as test scores and grade point averages, but not the causes, such as feeling hopeless about the future, not feeling engaged or not having a strong support system in place to help them reach their goals."

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools' Gallup Poll results helped identify the need to nurture and engage students in 6th through 8th grades after the school day ends. "We have been striving to provide more after-school opportunities for our youth ‒ especially our middle school students ‒ since we know the time they spend outside of school is just as important to their development as the time spent during school," said Dr. Burkhardt.

They worked with administration, students and community leaders to identify comprehensive solutions that engage children and enrich their lives. Through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati the district launched an after school program that offers health and fitness activities, art programs, service learning projects, computer classes, games and tutoring, and homework assistance. The school district also engaged the Brighton Center to operate an After-School Youth Leadership Development program. The program provides structured activities and opportunities for youth to acquire and improve their life skills, decision making and leadership skills.

"You really have to know your students to know the obstacles they are facing," Burkhardt said. "We must assist our students in becoming resilient and we must provide them with the support and strength needed to climb over these obstacles. It takes more time, but it's worth it."