Every two years, Jeffco students in grades two through 12 are given a chance to tell the district how they feel about issues ranging from safety to academics. More than 85 percent of students took the 2012 Make Your Voice Heard survey which was given online in February. Make Your Voice Heard measures student engagement with school on a four-point scale by assessing student staff relationships, connection to school, discipline practices, safety, future aspirations, academic challenge, and engagement. Research has connected student engagement with academic achievement, increased graduation rates, better behavior and increased student confidence.
At the district level, the average score on all of these areas were in the positive range, meaning over 2.5 on the 4 point scales. Some highlights from the survey include:
- For elementary students, the highest ranked means are found in student-staff relationships and teacher feedback.
- For secondary students, the highest means are found in future aspirations and safety.
- Secondary students were most interested in math, athletics and science for the future coursework.
The results of the Make Your Voice Heard survey are used by Jeffco administrators and teachers to create strategies, programs or instructional adjustments to better engage their students both in the classroom and outside of the classroom.
A presentation about the results of the student survey was given to the Jefferson County Board of Education in April 2012.