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Parents Frequently Asked Questions

About Speak Up

What is Speak Up?
The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning, an initiative of Project Tomorrow, is both a national research project and a free service to schools and districts everywhere. Since fall 2003, Speak Up has helped education leaders include the voices of their students, parents, community members, teachers and staff in annual and long-term planning. Each year, the Speak Up Project asks students, parents and educators about the role of technology in education both in and out of the classroom, as well as their views and aspirations for how technology should be used in the future. The Speak Up findings represent the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered feedback from key K-12 stakeholders on the use of technology within education. These highly respected findings are used each year to inform policies, programs and plans for schools at every level of governance. 

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Why should I participate?
Speak Up is and was the first online data collection process designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of over 5 million students, teachers, parents, and business partners and community members from all 50 states and internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents can express their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contribute to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for college and career ready skill development.

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What can the administrators at my child(ren)’s school learn from the data?
When schools and districts participate in Speak Up they gain insight into:

  • How students are using technology for learning in and out of school.
  • The issues you deem important regarding your child(ren)’s education and use of technology to learn.
  • How teachers use technology for teaching as well as their own professional activities.

The Speak Up data and national benchmarks are used by schools and districts to evaluate their current technology needs, inform their strategic planning and budgeting process, measure progress towards their technology goals. To learn more about Speak Up data, download our latest Speak Up reports.

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When is Speak Up open?
The Speak Up online data collection process is open each fall from October through January. Results will be available to participating schools and districts the following February.

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How long does it take to complete Speak Up?
In general, Speak Up consists of a series of multiple-choice questions plus one or two open-ended type questions (depending on the audience) at the end where you can write in your response. Speak Up should only take you about 20 minutes to complete. In addition, the parent and educator options include several demographic questions that are optional. We use these responses during our data analysis to provide additional context to our national data findings..

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What is your privacy policy?
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.

  • Speak Up does not use any permanent cookies for tracking, content analysis or any other purpose. (The Speak Up registration process does use temporary cookies.)
  • We do not collect any personally identifiable information from students or anyone who takes Speak Up.
  • We do not exchange or sell any of the email addresses provided during the registration process.
  • Click here to view our privacy policy.

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Getting Started

Where do I go to participate in Speak Up?
Speak Up can be accessed at speakup.tomorrow.org. Depending on your district’s registration and set up your district may ask you to use a custom URL to access Speak Up. All URLs will begin with speakup.tomorrow.org. Custom URLs help shorten the login process by either taking you straight to your school and audience set of questions or a customized district landing page.

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What are the step-by-step instructions for participating?
People often ask us for the specific step-by-step directions they should use when taking Speak Up. Below we have provided instructions you can use to navigate through the process:

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What if I have children that attend different schools in the district?
The first question asked, gives you the opportunity to select the grade levels of your children and we will summarize the results into the totals for the selected school, the district and national responses. If you prefer, you also have the option to take the parent option multiple times for each of the schools your children may attend

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I’d like to get my child’s school involved, how do I do that?
Any public or private school can register to participate in Speak Up. If you would like to encourage the administrators at your child(ren)’s school to participate to they can gain online access to their Speak Up reports, we encourage you to download and share this two-page introduction letter. which describes how they can register the school and participate in Speak Up.

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What can I do to encourage participation?
As a parent there are many things you can do to encourage participation in Speak Up in your community. Below are some suggestions on how to get the word out:

  • Ask your school to post an announcement on your school and district website. Click here for clickable banners.
  • Have your PTA host a contest for the class with the greatest participation numbers
  • Spread the word to other parents by sharing our "About Speak Up Flyer"
  • Use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to link parents and students in your community to the Speak Up landing page at speakup.tomorrow.org.
  • Have your child(ren) take Speak Up at home.

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Speak Up Data Results

When will Speak Up data results be available?
Data results will be available to participating schools and districts, online, free-of-charge, beginning in February of next year. Speak Up national findings will be released in the beginning of next Spring through a variety of venues, including: Congressional Briefings in Washington, DC, national and regional conferences, and our website.

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How do I access my school's Speak Up data?
To ensure confidentiality, the Speak Up results are password protected. To view your data, please email your school and/or district’s specified contact. If you need help locating your contact, please email the Speak Up Team at Speakup@tomorrow.org with your school and district name and we will notify the Speak Up contact of record to assist you with your request.

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Where can I find past Speak Up reports?
All previous Speak Up reports are available for download on our Reports page. For further inquiries regarding the Speak Up reports, contact the Speak Up Team via email or via phone at 949 609-4660 ext 17.

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Technical Support

My child’s school is not listed, what do I do?
If your child(ren)’s school is not coming up in the search, try searching again using less fields (zip code) and less words in the school name. If the school still does not come up it may not be in our system, please contact the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org. You may also opt to take Speak Up without selecting a school by pressing the “click here” button above the list of schools (Please note, your responses will be included in the national data set only, if you select this option)..

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I didn’t finish my session, can I retrieve it?
Speak Up is designed to be completed in one 20+ minute online session. We have designed Speak Up to automatically save your answers, each time that you click the next button on the bottom of each page. Unfortunately, once you exit you will not be able to log back in to your original session.

If you would like to complete your submission, you can: 1). Re-enter Speak Up and click on the next button until you reach the question that you want to start answering or 2). Request that we delete your submission so that you can resubmit it. If you would like your submission deleted, send us an email with the taken id number (which can be found on the top left hand side of the screen in red, the name of the school, district and state).

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