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Parents Frequently Asked Questions

About Speak Up

What is Speak Up?
The Speak Up National Research Project collects and reports the views of K-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents about the use of technology for learning. Since 2003, over 3.9 million students, educators, business partners and community members, and parents have shared their views through the Speak Up surveys. These important stakeholder ideas influence local, state and federal policies and programs every year.

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Why should I participate?
Speak Up is the first survey designed to help parents share their ideas directly with schools and national policymakers. As key stakeholders, Speak Up provides parents with a mechanism for expressing their views to the administrators at their child(ren)’s school and district about key issues impacting their child(ren)'s education. Since 2003, Speak Up has collected and shared the views of over 3.9 million students, teachers, parents, and business partners and community members from all 50 states and internationally. By participating in Speak Up, parents can express their views to a wider audience of local, state, and national policy makers as well as the business community—and contribute to the national dialog about science, technology, and preparing students for the 21st century workforce.

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What can the administrators at my child(ren)’s school learn from the data?
When schools and districts participate in Speak Up they gain insight into:

  • How students are using technology for learning in and out of school.
  • The issues you deem important regarding your child(ren)’s education and use of technology to learn.
  • How teachers use technology for teaching as well as their own professional activities.

The Speak Up data and national benchmarks are used by schools and districts to evaluate their current technology needs, inform their strategic planning and budgeting process, measure progress towards their technology goals. To learn more about Speak Up data, download our latest Speak Up reports.

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When is Speak Up open?
The Speak Up surveys are open each fall from October through December. Results will be available to participating schools and districts the following February.

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How long does it take to complete the survey?
The parent survey consists of about 25 multiple-choice questions and one open ended question at the end of the survey. The survey is administered online and should take you about 20 minutes to complete. Additionally we ask several demographic questions that are optional; we use these responses during our data analysis to provide additional context to our national data findings.

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What is your privacy policy?
We acknowledge that privacy is a concern for visitors to our website. We treat any information that you provide through our web site with respect and confidentiality.

  • The Speak Up Survey does not use any permanent cookies for tracking, content analysis or any other purpose. (The Speak Up Activation process does use temporary cookies.)
  • We do not collect any personally identifiable information from students or anyone who takes the survey.
  • We do not exchange or sell any of the email addresses provided during the registration process.
  • Click here to view our privacy policy.

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Getting Started

Where do I go to take the survey?
The Speak Up surveys can be accessed at a special Speak Up Survey landing page, that is updated with a new URL each year. Please check the Project Tomorrow, Speak Up homepage at www.tomorrow.org/speakup during the months of October and December for the most up to date link.

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What are the step-by-step instructions to take the survey?
People often ask us for the specific step-by-step directions they should use when taking the Speak Up survey. Below we have provided instructions you can use to navigate through the process:

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What if I have children that attend different schools in the district?
For expediency, we recommend that you take the survey only once for a single school. You will have the opportunity to select the grade levels of your children in the survey and we will summarize the results into the totals for the selected school, the district and national responses. If you prefer, you also have the option to take the survey multiple times for each of the schools your children may attend.

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I’d like to get my child’s school involved, how do I do that?
Any public or private school can register to participate in Speak Up. If you would like to encourage the administrators at your child(ren)’s school to participate to they can gain online access to their Speak Up reports, we encourage you to download and share this two-page introduction letter. which describes how they can register the school and participate in Speak Up.

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What can I do to encourage participation?
As a parent there are many things you can do to encourage participation in the Speak Up survey in your community. Below are some suggestions on how to get the word out:

  • Ask your school to post an announcement on your school and district website. Click here for clickable banners.
  • Have your PTA host a contest for the class with the greatest participation numbers
  • Spread the word to other parents by sharing our "About Speak Up Flyer"
  • Use social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to link parents and students in your community to the Speak Up Survey.
  • Have your child(ren) take the survey at home – remember they will need the school “secret word” to take the survey.

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Speak Up Data Results

When will Speak Up data results be available
Survey results will be available to participating schools and districts, online, free-of-charge, beginning in February of next year. Speak Up national findings will be released in the beginning of next Spring through a variety of venues, including: Congressional Briefings in Washington, DC, national and regional conferences, and our website.

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How do I access my school's Speak Up data?
To ensure confidentiality, the Speak Up results are password protected. To view your data, please email your school and/or district’s specified contact. If you need help locating your contact, please email the Speak Up Team at Speakup@tomorrow.org with your school and district name and we will notify the Speak Up contact of record to assist you with your request.

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Where can I find past Speak Up reports?
All previous Speak Up reports are available for download on our Reports page. For further inquiries regarding the Speak Up reports, contact the Speak Up Team via email or via phone at 949 609-4660 ext 17.

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Technical Support

How do I retrieve my Speak Up password?
As a parent you are not required to enter in a survey password “secret word” to take the survey. To be included in your child(ren)’s district’s data please make sure to select your child(ren)’s school to access the survey through. If your child(ren)’s school is not listed, you may opt to take the survey without selecting a school by pressing the “click here” button above the list of schools (Please note, your responses will be included in the national data set only, if you select this option).

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I didn’t finish the survey, can I retrieve it?
The Speak Up surveys are designed to be completed in one 20+ minute online session. We have designed the survey to automatically save your answers, each time that you click the BLUE arrow next button on the bottom of each page. Unfortunately, once you exit the survey you will not be able to log back in to your original survey session.

If you would like to complete the survey, you can: 1). Start a new survey and click on the next button until you reach the question that you want to start answering or 2). Request that we delete the survey so that you can resubmit it. If you would like your survey deleted, send us an email with the survey number (which can be found on the top left hand side of the screen in red, the name of your school and state).

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