Measuring Student Engagement
Abstract: The Metiri Group has developed an instrument, grounded in relevant research, to measure student engagement. This Student Engagement Inventory includes a series of questions that are aligned to cognitive, behavioral, and social/emotional elements and classifies students into five levels of engagement (intrinsically engaged, tactically engaged, compliant, withdrawn, and defiant). Comprehensive inventory reports provide schools with student engagement levels across structures (product, process, and content). Further, reports identify students’ levels of engagement with choice, structure, diversity, intellectual safety, clarity, affiliation, and authenticity. A total engagement score is calculated and provides a baseline, as well as a measure of growth when used for data collection overtime. Currently used by school districts engaged in long-term complex, yet sustainable change, data from the Student Engagement Inventory allows school leaders and teachers to encourage and support 21st century learning.