Student Engagement Instrument-Elementary (SEI-E)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Student Engagement Instrument-Elementary (SEI-E) measures cognitive and affective engagement in schools.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Grades 3-5

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


Related measures
Measure Administration


Method of administration

Paper/Pencil, Digital

Number of items


Item format

Four-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

18-22 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 six subscores:

  • Teacher/student relationships
  • Peer support for learning
  • Future goals and aspirations
  • Family support for learning
Scoring procedures

The measure is self-scored.

Interpretive information

No information is available in the references reviewed.

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

Evidence is based on students in grades 3-5 in a large, diverse, urban school district in the Southeast (N=1,943).

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) estimates ranged from (0.64 to 0.82).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
Items adapted from the SEI.
Evidence based on response processes
Expert panel of engagement scholars reviewed items to make sure they were developmentally appropriate and addressed relevant constructs.
Evidence based on internal structure
Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis substantiated four factors.
Evidence based on relations with other variables
SEI scores correlated significantly with other indicators of engagement, including attendance and discipline referrals (Carter et al., 2012).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

Carter, C., Reschly, A. L., Lovelace, M. D., Appleton, J. J., & Thompson, D. "Measuring student engagement among elementary students: Pilot of the Elementary Student Engagement Instrument," School Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 27, 2012, pp. 61–73.


Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.