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February 3, 2017

Thank You For Speaking Up!

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Thank you for Speaking Up!

We’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to all the students, parents, educators, administrators, and members of the community who took the Speak Up survey from October through January! Speak Up 2016 was one of our most successful years ever, with 514,150 surveys submitted! Check out our full list of survey counts and top participants below, and keep reading to learn when and how you can access your Speak Up data, the winners of our Speak Up America contests, and more.

Quick links:

Speak Up 2016 final counts: Check out our final counts and top participants from one of our most successful years ever!
Help us plan our release of Speak Up 2016 data findings! Share your ideas through our mini-survey.
Speak Up America 2016 recap: Congratulations to our promotion and photo/video challenge winners!
Your final data will be available on February 8th! Follow these steps to access your data next week.

Thank you for reading! Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Facebook, Twitter, and our Blog.


Speak Up 2016 Final Counts

Thanks again to all of the students, educators, administrators, parents, and members of the community who took the Speak Up survey! Due to your strong participation, Speak Up 2016 was one of biggest survey periods yet with over 500,000 surveys submitted! Check out the breakdown of survey counts below, as well as a list of our top participants.

514,150 overall surveys taken

Students: 435,344*

Teachers: 38,483

Administrators: 4,592

Parents: 29,886

Community Members: 5,845

*record breaking number of responses

Top 5 States based on total surveys:

1. Indiana
2. Texas
3. California
4. Alabama
5. North Carolina

Top 10 Districts Overall based on total surveys:

1. Klein ISD (TX)
2. El Paso ISD (TX)
3. Brevard County School District (FL)
4. Anaheim Elementary School District (CA)
5. Weslaco ISD (TX)
6. Shelby County School District (AL)
7. Randolph County Schools (NC)
8. School City of Hammond (IN)
9. Madison County School District (AL)
10. Prince William County Public Schools (VA)

Top 10 Schools Overall based on total surveys:

1. Klein Forest High School, Klein ISD (TX)
2. Arrowhead High School, Arrowhead UHS School District (WI)
3. Klein Collins High School, Klein ISD (TX)
4. San Marcos High School, San Marcos Unified (CA)
5. La Joya Community High School, Tolleson Union High School District (AZ)
6. Weslaco East High School, Weslaco ISD (TX)
7. Franklin High School, El Paso ISD (TX)
8. Lawndale High School, Centinela Valley Union High School District (CA)
9. Klein Oak High School, Klein ISD (TX)
10. San Elijo Middle School, San Marcos Unified (CA)

Well done to all of our top participants, and thank you again to everyone who took the survey! To view our participation map, please click on the button below.


Help us plan our release of Speak Up 2016 data findings!

You’ve “spoken” on technology and learning, now we want to know what sort of reports would be most helpful to your community and your work. As we prepare to release new Speak Up data from the 514,000+ surveys, we want to hear from our Speak Up family about what YOU would like to see in 2017.

Please click here or on the button below to “speak up” one more time!

Your feedback will help us plan our reports, templates, infographics and our spring 2017 Congressional Briefing, when we bring the voices of all the students, parents, educators and community members to Washington, D.C. to be sure our policymakers are hearing directly from those most impacted by national education policy.


Speak Up America Recap

Congratulations to our prize winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in Speak Up America from November 7-11 and December 5-9! We are excited to officially announce our free conference registration and photo/video challenge winners:

National conference registrations

AASLNational Conference & Exhibition – El Paso ISD, TX
National Conference on Education (AASA) – Prince Georges County Public Schools, VA
ISTE 2017 Conference and Expo – Blue Valley, Kansas

Regional conference registrations

CETPA – Del Mar Union Elementary School District, CA
CUE – Central Union High, CA and Tustin Unified School District, CA
ICE Indiana – Portage Township Schools, IN
Lead3 (from CUE) – Anaheim Elementary School District, CA
MassCUE – Seekonk Public Schools, MA
METC – St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, MO
NETA – Southern Valley Schools, NE
NCCE – Lopez School District, WA
TCEA – Weslaco ISD, TX

Sampson County Schools NC
Madison Cross Roads Madison County AL
Oostburg Schools WI

Video and Photo Challenges

Video challenge winners:

Boone Trail Elementary, NC
Eastside Elementary, IN

Photo challenge winners:

Union Intermediate School, Sampson County, NC
Madison Cross Road, Madison County, AL
Oostburg Schools, WI

Congratulations again to all of our winners! To learn more about our Speak Up America campaign, please click here.


Your final data results will be available on February 8th!

Your final data results will be available on February 8th. Prior to this date, we ask all school/district contacts to log in to your Speak Up administrator account and review your school list (under “Update school contact information and passwords”). Please identify any duplicate school listings or make any changes that need to be made before February 8th. You can make these changes through your account or by emailing us at

Once your final data is released, you can access your online reports at either the district level (option 1) or school level (option 2) in two ways:

To access either, please enter the first 10 characters of the school or district name and use your administrator password.
If you do not want to give out your district administrator password, you can assign school level administrator passwords for each individual school. To do this, visit your Speak Up administrator account and select “Update school contact information and passwords.”

If are not your survey school/district administrator and would like to view your data, please visit to find your contact. Additionally, if your school/district has not set up a survey administrator, please contact to do so.


Thank you for your interest and continued support of Speak Up! Be sure to stay updated on all things Speak Up by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at or via phone at (949) 609-4660 ext. 12.

Many thanks to our sponsors and partners for the support of Speak Up: Apex Learning, Blackboard, Inc., BrainPOP, DreamBox Learning, Qualcomm Wireless Reach, Rosetta Stone Education, Scholastic Education, American Association of School Administrators, CETPA, Consortium for School Networking, CUE, Digital Learning Day, ICE (Indiana Connected Educators), iNACOL, International Society for Technology in Education, National School Boards Association, National School Public Relations Association, National Science Teachers Association, National Secondary School Principals Association, NCCE (Northwest Council for Computer Education), NETA (Nebraska Educational Technology Association), State Education Technology Directors’ Association and TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association).

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