THE Journal - Speak Up

About Speak Up Data

Background Information about Speak Up Data:

Speak Up data is collected through online surveys and verified through a series of focus groups and interviews with representative groups of students, educators and parents. To participate, districts register their schools and schedule time for their students and staff to take the 15-minute online surveys and promote the survey to parents in their community. The survey is a convenience sampling with schools and districts (not generally individuals) self-selecting for participation. To minimize bias in the survey data, significant outreach is done to ensure adequate regional, socio-economic and racial/ethnic/cultural distribution.

Since fall of 2003, the annual Speak Up online surveys have collected and reported on the views of almost 1.5 million K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents representing over 17,000 schools in all 50 states. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. The data is used regularly by education, business and policy leaders to inform federal, state and local education programs.

Each spring the national data findings are shared with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, other federal agencies and research and nonprofit education groups in a standing room only Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill. Other reports are provided to state departments of education and every participating school and district. The data is used annually to inform national, state and local policies, programs, budgets and purchasing decisions.

Overview of Speak Up Data Used in Webinars
Speak Up webinars focus on data collected from the national survey Speak Up 2008from mid-October through mid-December 2008. It includes online responses from K-12 students, teachers, parents (in English and Spanish) and administrators, defined as school principals, technology coordinators, district administrators and school board members.

In addition to asking foundational questions about technology use, 21st century skills and schools of the future, this year’s surveys also polled on timely issues such as emerging technologies (online learning, mobile devices), science instruction and career aspirations, digital content, professional learning communities, broadband access, information and media literacy skills and the challenges facing school leaders today.

Evaluation of data from previous years will be reviewed to uncover longitudinal trends as it relates to the specific webinar topics available. Cross-tabulation is also available for the following parameters: student grade and gender, parent income, parent education level, parent cultural/racial heritage, educator years of experience, educator education level, educator cultural/racial heritage, educator assignment or job position, and school student demographics.

Participation Overview:
Surveys submitted from schools in all 50 states, American DOD schools, Canada, Mexico and Australia.   Top participating states in 2008: TX, CA, AZ, AL, IL, MD, FL, NC, NE, WI
K-12 Students 281,500  
Teachers 29,644  
Parents (in English & Spanish) 21,309  
School/District Administrators 3,114  
States All 50  
About Speak Up Schools:
95% public, 3% private, 2% virtual
35% urban, 32% suburban, 33% rural
45% Title 1 eligible - 34% majority-minority student population

* These webinar topics consist primarily of 2007 research data that is supplemented with 2008 data to ensure the information is current and relevant.