ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. 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. Education, business and policy leaders report using the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
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 3.9 million students, parents, and educators have participated in the Speak Up surveys.
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.
Where do I go to take the survey?
The Speak Up surveys can be accessed at a special Speak Up Survey landing page, that is updated with a new URL each year. Please check the Project Tomorrow, Speak Up homepage at www.tomorrow.org/speakup during the months of October and December for the most up to date link.
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 BLUE 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: