Research tells us that student perceptions are directly linked to academic outcomes and student well-being. By using this student feedback data, leaders can identify specific areas for improvement, reveal inequities in the student experience, and build a culture of trust and respect between students and adults.

Students benefit when we listen to them. It matters to them to be heard, and they benefit from the results of changes schools and school districts make in response to student feedback. It’s smart strategy and it’s simply the right thing to do.YouthTruth has helped schools learn from the experiences of millions of students, staff, and families around the country. Learning from what they tell us and improving the student experience is at the heart of everything we do. We also help our clients involve students and school communities in thinking about what comes next.

The integration of student perspectives has catalyzed positive change, enabling the district to better support its students, improve academic outcomes, and create an educational experience that is truly student-centered.

Eric Prater, Ed.D., Superintendent, San Luis Coastal Unified School District
Superintendent Eric Prater of San Luis Coastal Unified School District at a YouthTruth workshop. Photo by Ruby Wallau.