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A State of Engagement: NASBE Study Group on Student Engagement

Abstract

"Education is a $600 billion-a-year enterprise, but the investments states make in education will not benefit students unless they are physically and mentally present in the classroom. Too many students are not. According to Gallup, nearly half are actively disengaged from school, and students often cite disengagement as the critical factor in decisions to drop out. In its new report, 'A State of Engagement,' the National Association of State Boards of Education asks policymakers to promote student engagement through a suite of policy changes.

This report explores the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of student engagement and the role peers, educators, school environments, parents and communities play in helping students become invested in their own learning. The report finds that an educational system that more meaningfully engages students will require state policymakers to act."

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