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Speak Up Annual Methodology

About Project Tomorrow and the 2018-19

Speak Up Research Project The Speak Up Research Project is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow, an internationally recognized education nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. Each year, the Speak Up Project polls K-12 students, parents, and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. The Speak Up dataset represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voices on digital learning. Since fall 2003, over 5.7 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders, district administrators, communications officers, and members of the community have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Education, business, and policy leaders report that they regularly use the Speak Up data to inform federal, state, and local education programs, policies and initiatives.

During the 2018-2019 school year, 289,373 K-12 students, 26,122 teachers and librarians, 2,190 administrators, 21,951 parents and 3,861 community members representing over 3,157 public and private schools and 800 districts submitted a Speak Up survey. Schools from urban (26%), suburban (33%), and rural (41%) communities were represented in the analyzed data. Over one-half of the schools (59%) that participated in Speak Up 2018- 19 were Title I eligible schools (an indicator of student population poverty). The Speak Up 2018-19 Project was open for input from K-12 stakeholders between October 15, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Project Tomorrow’s research goal is to help build the capacity of education leaders to create new learning experiences that prepare today’s students to compete and contribute to the global economy and society. To share the Speak Up 2018-19 national findings, Project Tomorrow is creating a series of briefing papers and infographics to address key topics in the effective use of technology to enable new learning experiences and empower educational effectiveness. Learn more about Project Tomorrow and the Speak Up Research Project at https://tomorrow.org/speakup.