Student Engagement Survey

The Student Engagement Survey (SES) is designed to provide students with a voice relative to their engagement in the learning process and school. Results from this survey generate a valuable summary of the insights learned from student responses and provide schools and districts with the opportunity to understand their students’ engagement in greater detail. By understanding students’ responses, educators can determine and implement instructional strategies that promote engagement and thereby improve student achievement, interactions with peers, attendance, and interest in school.

In K–12 education, student engagement is generally accepted as “the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education” (The Glossary of Education Reform, 2016). The theory of action supporting the SES states that by gathering feedback directly from learners, educators may adjust practices to better suit student needs and inspire connection to learning. This leads to decreased disengagement and the promotion of authentic engagement, ultimately leading to improved student outcomes.

Essential Information and Resources

Administering the Survey

The SES is offered as an online survey to students in elementary, middle, and high school. Students will require approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.

Technical Resources

To support administration, the following tips and answers to frequently asked questions are provided for administrators, teachers, and parents.

Understanding and Using Survey Results

Once the administration window has closed, your school will receive a comprehensive report summarizing student results according to each of the engagement domains.

Research and Additional Resources

The following resources provide additional information about the development, results, and usage of the Student Engagement Survey.