March 2022

Race To Learn

Findings, Recommendations, and Reflections from the Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Student Survey

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Our newest study distills the results from the 10,725 Kentucky middle and high school students from 114 counties who took our Race, Ethnicity, and School Climate Student Survey in December. The study is a student-driven initiative launched in the midst of heated local and national conversations about whether and how to discuss issues related to race and ethnicity in school. The goal was to capture the ongoing experiences of Kentucky youth to better inform public discourse around the subject and ensure policies that are student-centered.

November 2021

The Co-Creation Generation

The Story of the Kentucky Student Voice Team & Guide to Intergenerational Impact

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We partnered with the Institute for Citizens & Scholars to release a report about intergenerational partnership. The report and tools are meant to help young people and adults build teams that center youth voice to build coalitions and improve communities. The “Co-Creation Generation” project comes at a time when policy decisions that disproportionately impact youth, are increasingly argued and decided by adults in a hyper-polarized public and covered broadly across the media. Read the report to find out how we co-created KSVT together, and how you can do it too.

September 2020

Coping with COVID-19

Student-to-Student Study—Executive Summary

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When Kentucky schools shut down due to coronavirus in the spring of 2020, we pivoted our school-level school climate work to design a relevant state-wide research study. We enlisted adult research partners from the University of Kentucky and McRel International to conceive the Coping with COVID Student-to-Student Survey. After receiving nearly 13,000 student responses from all 120 of Kentucky’s counties, our team created an executive summary of our findings.

April 2019

(S)HE Matters: Peer-to-Peer Sexual Harassment in High School

A Qualitative Look at Sexual Harassment in High Schools

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(S)HE Matters partnered with the Student Voice Team to release the Peer-to-Peer Sexual Harassment in High School Survey, which examined students’ experience with sexual harassment in school settings. Our team supported survey distribution on our social media with a “snowball” methodology, eventually garnering 1030 responses from 42 states. Of those responses, 834 were from Kentucky.

October 2017

Ready Or Not

Stories from the Students Behind the Statistics

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This book by the Student Voice Team features young people from across Kentucky sharing their perspectives on continuing their education after high school and touches on a range of themes including: the ACT, rural and urban cultural pulls, parent and teacher support, counseling, and college affordability. The book is meant for families, educators, and policymakers to consider college readiness from the vantage point of those who are experiencing postsecondary transitions firsthand and “balance the heart and the head” in education decision-making.

August 2016

Students As Partners

Integrating student voice in the governing bodies of Kentucky schools

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After two years of advocating for student involvement in education policy, KSVT takes a deep dive into the academic, legal, and evidence-based reasoning behind our central argument. Drawing on a number of sucess stories across the state and nation, Students As Partners makes the definitive case for why student voice matters.

August 2015

Student Voice Audit

Robert D. Campbell Junior High School

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This report details KSVT's first School Climate Audit, a deep look into what works and what doesn't work in a school, especially pertaining to school climate. At Robert D. Clark Junior High in Clark County, we tested what is now central to our work and found that bullying, among other things, was a problem being overlooked by teachers and administrators.

June 2015

Uncovering the Tripwires to Postsecondary Success

The Postsecondary Project

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KSVT's first policy report focused on three main barriers to college transitions: the birthright lottery, veiled college costs, and college and career unreadiness. We pioneered a unique method that marries facts with student voices that deepens the understanding of what trips students up on the way to college and career.