Survey Details

The Student Engagement Survey was designed to examine students' perceptions of their high school experience, particularly academic requirements, engagement, motivation, and support.  The Superintendents of Kent ISD schools wanted this data to inform their work in secondary schools re-design, begun in 2008.  This work led to the opening of Kent Innovation High in the fall of 2011.

The study was funded by a grant from The Mott Foundation and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and completed in May 2010. The survey was designed and administered by K-12 Insight, a national research firm based in Virginia. More about the Mott Foundation funding Grand Rapids initiatives.

Of the 28,604 high school students throughout Kent ISD, 17,355, or 60.7%, completed the survey. These students represented each of our 20 public districts.

Survey questions addressed:


  • Motivation and engagement
  • Level/difficulty of coursework
  • Opportunities and flexibility in course selection/scheduling
  • Perceived relevance of courses to learning
  • Support provided by teachers, parents, and friends

Map shows all 20 of the school districts within Kent ISD.  All districts participated in the study.

map of Kent ISD's districts

Other surveys/ studies on these and related topics


Indiana University

The High School Survey of Student Engagement is designed to both help schools ascertain students' beliefs about their school experience and provide assistance to schools in translating data into action.


Gallup launched the Gallup Student Poll, a school-based online survey for students in grades 5 through 12 that measures three variables: hope for the future, engagement with school and wellbeing.

Center for Public Education

The Center for Public Education examined the research and found that creating a partnership between parents and schools focused on academics truly does have significant impact on student achievement.
Parent Impact Research

Associated Press-Viacom Survey

Young adults say high schools are failing to give students a solid footing for the working world or strong guidance toward college, at a time when many fear graduation means tumbling into an economic black hole, a new poll shows.
Student Engagement Research

Young Adults Give Low Marks to High Schools - Education Week Article