Students’ Frequently Asked Questions
About Speak Up
About Speak Up
- What is Speak Up?
Speak Up is the national research project that collects and shares your views about the use of technology for learning in and out of school with local, state and national policymakers. Through Speak Up, students’ opinions are included in the conversations about how to improve education in our nation’s classrooms.
Since 2003, over 2.6 million students, parents, and educators have participated in the Speak Up surveys.
- When is Speak Up open?
Speak Up 2012 will open in early October 2012 and run through Mid-December.. Results will be available to participating schools and districts in February 2013.
- Why should I participate?
We have designed Speak Up so that you can share your ideas with the teachers and principal at your school. Through Speak Up, you can express your ideas about the key issues that affect your education. Such as, how you use technology for learning or how would you design your ultimate school or textbook.
Almost one-half of Speak Up students tell us they would like to vote on decisions that affect them and one-third agree they would like to be more involved in decisions at their school through surveys, such as Speak Up (Project Tomorrow, 2011). By participating in Speak Up, you are expressing your views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community--and contributing to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.
- How long does it take to complete the survey?
The online survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. Usually, there are 15-20 multiple-choice questions plus one or two questions where you can write a detailed response.
We acknowledge that privacy is a concern for visitors to our website. We treat any information that you provide through our web site with respect and confidentiality.
- The Speak Up Survey does not use any permanent cookies for tracking, content analysis or any other purpose. (The Speak Up Activation process does use temporary cookies.)
- We do not collect any personally identifiable information from students or anyone who takes the survey.
- We do not exchange or sell any of the email addresses provided during the registration process.
- How do I go to take the survey?
Surveys can be accessed at 24/7 at http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2012/ — and click on Students enter here to take the survey during the survey period. Click here to get detailed step-by-step instructions. The survey will be open early Oct - Mid Dec.
- How do I get my school involved?
In order to ensure confidentiality and data integrity, each school must register to participate in Speak Up. To get your school/ district involved download this two-page letter and deliver it to a principal or any teacher at your school. The letter describes how your school can register to participate in Speak Up.
- I don’t remember my “secret word” to take the survey, how do I get it?
For confidentiality reasons, we provide passwords to the Speak Up contact of record only. If you would like us to connect you with your Speak Up contact, send us an email and we will make a virtual introduction via email. Please include your name, the name of your district or school and the state in your email.
- I didn’t finish the survey, can I retrieve it?
The Speak Up surveys are designed to be completed in one 20+ minute online session. We have designed the survey to automatically save your answers, each time that you click the RED arrow next button on the bottom of each page. Unfortunately, once you exit the survey you will not be able to log back in to your original survey session.
If you would like to complete the survey, you can:
- Start a new survey and click on the next button until you reach the question that you want to start answering
- Request that we delete the survey so that you can resubmit it. If you would like your survey deleted, send us an email with the survey number (which can be found on the top left hand side of the screen in red, the name of your school and state).