It is with much excitement that NCGS (National Coalition of Girls’ Schools) releases Steeped in Learning: The Student Experience at All-Girls Schools. This robust new research report is a comparative analysis of responses to the High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE), which was taken by nearly 13,000 girls attending all-girls schools, coed independent schools, and coed public schools. The girls' responses provide unequivocal support for the value of an all-girls educational environment.
In the spring of 2013, the NAIS Commission on Accreditation started conducting a three-year study using HSSSE, which is administered by the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University. HSSSE is a comprehensive survey of student attitudes, behaviors, and experiences administered with the goal of generating discussions on teaching and learning and guiding student improvement initiatives. An analysis of the survey results reveals that girls attending all-girls schools are more likely to have an experience that supports their learning than are girls attending coed schools (independent and public). In particular, students at all-girls schools report:
- Having higher aspirations and greater motivation.
- Being challenged to achieve more.
- Engaging more actively in the learning process.
- Participating in activities that prepare them for the world outside of school.
- Feeling more comfortable being themselves and expressing their ideas.
- Showing greater gains on core academic and life skills.
- Being and feeling more supported in their endeavors.