High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE) measures students perceptions about their school work, the learning environment, and the school community. The HSSSE can help school staff to plan and implement interventions designed to promote school engagement.

Main constructs measured

Cognitive competencies; Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Grades 9-12

Publication year for the most recent version

No information available in the references reviewed.

Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration

Paper/Pencil, Digital

Number of items

No information is available in the references reviewed.

Item format

Four-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

15-20 minutes

Available languages


Fee for use Fee charged by developer
Credentials required for administration


Overall score reporting

No overall scores are reported.

Subscore reporting

There are three subscores:

  • Cognitive engagement
  • Emotional engagement
  • Behavioral/social engagement
Scoring procedures

The measure is scored online.

Interpretive information

Participating schools receive score reports comparing responses to other participating schools.

Evidence of Technical Quality
Populations for which technical quality evidence has been collected

The data is from 64,911 students.

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency coefficients (alpha) ranged from 0.70 to 0.91 for the subscales.

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
A technical advisory panel provided expert review of the items.
Evidence based on response processes
Focus groups and cognitive interviews with students at seven different high schools.
Evidence based on internal structure
Confirmatory factor analysis was used to support scale scores.
Evidence based on relations with other variables
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure ceep.indiana.edu

No information is available in the references reviewed.


Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.