Student Experience

How students experience school and its impact on attendance, motivation and academic success

An Important Piece of the Student Motivation Puzzle

Motivation as an important predictor of student achievement

How School Suspensions Affect Student Achievement

Research into the negative effects of suspensions on academic success

Mental Health in High School: The Teacher’s Perspective

The challenges that teachers face in dealing with student mental health

To Help Kids Catch up Academically, Let’s Focus on Friendships

How strong relationships fuel social-emotional development and wellness

CORE Lessons: Measuring the Social and Emotional Sides of Student Success

California’s CORE school districts’ use of student, teacher and parent surveys of school climate to drive school improvement

School-Based Health Care is Key to Helping Student Succeed

The case for expanding school-based health care

Student Experience

By the Numbers

Student-Counselor Ratio

  • 408

    Average number of students per counselor in schools, 2021-22

  • 250

    Recommended number of students per counselor in schools

Source: Chalkbeat

Student Mental Health

  • 28%

    High school students who felt connected to others at school experiencing poor mental health

  • 45%

    High school students who did not feel connected experiencing poor mental health

Source: April 2022 CDC report

School Mental Health Professionals

  • 8%

    Districts with the recommended ratio of school psychologists to students, 2020-21

  • 14%

    Districts with the recommended ratio of counselors to students

Source: Education Week analysis

COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts

  • 87%

    Public schools that agree that the pandemic negatively impacted students' socioemotional development

  • 70%

    Public schools that report an increase in students seeking mental health services

Source: Institute of Education Sciences 2022 School Pulse Panel

Student Experience

All Work

Research Notes: Who Refers Whom? Teachers and Disciplinary Referrals

Read More about Research Notes: Who Refers Whom? Teachers and Disciplinary Referrals

Restorative Practices for School Discipline, Explained

Read More about Restorative Practices for School Discipline, Explained

Q&A: Teaching Students to Manage Their Stress

Read More about Q&A: Teaching Students to Manage Their Stress

A Strategy for Re-Engaging Students Post-Pandemic

Read More about A Strategy for Re-Engaging Students Post-Pandemic

The Thin Blue Line in Schools: New Evidence on School-Based Policing

Read More about The Thin Blue Line in Schools: New Evidence on School-Based Policing

Second Time’s the Charm? Repeat Student-Teacher Matches

Read More about Second Time’s the Charm? Repeat Student-Teacher Matches

Does Teacher Professional Development Improve Student Learning? 

Read More about Does Teacher Professional Development Improve Student Learning? 

Take Away Students’ Cell Phones to Rebuild Belonging

Read More about Take Away Students’ Cell Phones to Rebuild Belonging

Getting Tough? The Effects of Discretionary Principal Discipline on Student Outcomes

Read More about Getting Tough? The Effects of Discretionary Principal Discipline on Student Outcomes

How Medicaid Can Help Schools Sustain Support for Students’ Mental Health

Read More about How Medicaid Can Help Schools Sustain Support for Students’ Mental Health

Examining Teacher Use of Punishments and Student Outcomes

Read More about Examining Teacher Use of Punishments and Student Outcomes

In Dallas, Bold Changes to the School Calendar to Address Covid Slide

Read More about In Dallas, Bold Changes to the School Calendar to Address Covid Slide

The Churn

The latest leadership changes in the education sector

Events

Upcoming events at FutureEd and across the education policy world

FutureEd in the News

Media mentions and our work on other platforms