Student Effort

In the October 27, 1998, issue of School Board News, Anne Bryant, Ex. Dir. of NSBA, writes of a New England school district that hired a consultant (Gang & Gang, Inc., Boston) to conduct a survey.  Student boredom and negativity were stunning.  43% of "A" students were negative about their school and education.  An even greater number of lower-achieving students said the were "bored with classes that are too easy for me.  82% of the students reported getting mostly A's or B's.  (93% of the students planned to go to college.) 

Gang & Gang has done other things for schools and school systems, though they mostly work with Fortune 100 companies.  (GE used them for an on-going, longitudinal process with one of their internal units for some time and with great results.)  They are willing, workflow permitting, to discount work for schools.  And, they have developed a process that allows the initial high-involvement, consultative work of the first survey to be the basis for an on-going process that is internet based and much less costly.  Their surveys would deal with teachers, parents and students, and we need a process like this.  See their web site at http://www.gang.net/

Chicago Mayor Says High School Boring

GETTING BY: WHAT AMERICAN TEENAGERS REALLY THINK ABOUT THEIR SCHOOLS, A Public Agenda Poll released February, 1997

School too easy, top seniors say, June, 2000

College Board Studies on Factors Affecting Achievement

Tell students: Yes, you can, USA Today, February 7, 2001

'Boring' Texts No Excuse for Doing Less in High School
by Carol Jago, 7/23/2000   LATimes.com

Learning Requires More Than Play by Dr. John Stone, ETSU

Reason Is Sought for Lag by Blacks in School Effort, NY Times, July 4, 1999

Blacks Battle Achievement Gap, December 31, 2000

Three Articles on Achievement Goals for Blacks August 21, 2001