In Michigan, there is currently no uniform measurement of students’ wellbeing nor a common way to evaluate student engagement and the impact of related services and interventions for students beyond standardized test scores.

Yet the research is crystal clear about the significant role that student engagement and student belonging has on student success. Engaged students are 2.5 times more likely to say they do well in school and 4.5 times more likely to be hopeful about the future.1

In 2019, a group of superintendents in Kent County, Michigan called for the creation of a common survey that could provide a holistic picture of student experience including student engagement, social-emotional learning and belonging. This led to the development of the MI Student Voice Perception Survey, which was administered in 20 school districts across the state in 2022. In spring 2023, 58 districts administered the survey in their schools statewide for a total of 33,366 students – a 176% increase in students who took the survey.

1 Jackson, C.K. et al. Linking social-emotional learning to long-term success. Education Next.

The MI Student Voice Perception Survey is now playing a transformative role in how education leaders approach district and school improvement planning by prioritizing the voice of students. Survey highlights:

  • It's free
  • It's flexible and may be customized to fit your community
  • It's quick and takes less than 10 minutes to complete
  • It's easy to administer with customized letters, talking points and marketing materials
  • It comes with free implementation and technical support



This work is supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, which works to improve the health and wellness of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of healthcare, with a special focus on children and seniors. You can find more information about the Health Fund at mihealthfund.org.