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Students’ Frequently Asked Questions

About Speak Up

What is Speak Up?
Speak Up is a 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 5 million students, parents, and educators have participated in Speak Up.

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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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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.

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 online data collection processes, 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 college and career ready skill development.

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How long does it take to complete Speak Up?
Speak Up will take about 20 minutes to complete. Usually, there are 15-30 multiple-choice questions plus one or two questions where you can write a detailed response.

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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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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.

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Technical Support

My school is not listed, what do I do?
If your 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 your school’s primary contact or the Speak Up team at speakup@tomorrow.org.

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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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