Engaged students are more likely to achieve a high level of academic success, attend class regularly, and stay in school. Students themselves are perhaps the best source of information about whether they feel engaged by their teachers and classwork. In order to support schools and districts measuring levels of student engagement in classrooms and school in general, the Panorama Student Survey features a series of questions that assess student perceptions of how invested and attentive they feel in class and how interested they are in a class's subject matter.
Questions and answers on the Panorama Student Survey about Student Engagement measure students' excitement about attending and participating in their classes, as well as how often students use ideas from class and school in their day-to-day life. Students are also asked to assess their level of focus and interest in class and school.
On the Panorama Student Survey, Engagement is assessed with 5 questions written for older students (grades 6-12) and 5 questions written for younger students (3-5). All of the questions together are used to measure students’ perceptions of their investment and attentiveness to give a valid and reliable measurement of this important topic.
Sample Engagement Questions:
- In this class, how eager you to participate?
- When you are not in class, how often do you talk about ideas from class?
Student scores about Engagement are likely to predict student academic performance in the particular class and subject area, especially student grades and test scores. Scores on Engagement are also correlated with how likely students are to attend class and complete their education. Because student engagement is closely related to motivation, satisfaction and happiness in class, Engagement can also be used to measure student perceptions of their overall emotional well-being in class. For schools and districts that want to assess student achievement in particular subject areas or courses, Engagement can also be used to determine strengths and areas for growth in student interest in specific academic subjects.
Schools and districts that use the Panorama Student Survey to learn about how engaged their students are may find that some educators and teaching teams could improve how attentive and invested their students are in class and school. To help schools, districts, and individual educators take next steps to promote student Engagement, Playbook has a section of relevant strategies. Playbook moves teachers can use to improve Engagement include “Use Call and Response Routines in Class,” “Engage Students While Reading Aloud,” and “Give Students Classroom Jobs.”