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Charting the Path from Engagement to Achievement: A Report on the 2009 High School Survey of Student Engagement


The most recent results from the annual High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) closely resemble past findings, reflecting bored students who say they are not connected to their school. The survey asked more than 42,000 high school students about their thoughts, beliefs and perceptions in 2009. The 2009 survey covered 103 schools in 27 states. This report also profiles individual schools and districts that are using HSSSE data, showing how schools are using the survey to improve the effectiveness of instruction.

The numbers between 2006 and 2009 have consistently shown a troubling trend among high school students in the U.S.

"We could have the same headlines, 'Kids are bored, not connected to school,'" said Ethan Yazzie-Mintz, HSSSE project director. "We've got similar numbers in terms of kids who are bored every day -- about 49 percent of the kids are bored every day, 17 percent every class. That's two-thirds of the kids who are bored at least every day."