Relationships Effort Aspirations Cognition Heart Survey (REACH Survey)

General Information on the Measure
Purpose of the measure

The Relationships Effort Aspirations Cognition Heart Survey (REACH Survey) measures middle-school and high-school academic motivation.

Main constructs measured

Intrapersonal competencies; Interpersonal competencies

Applicable grade levels

Grades 6-12

Publication year for the most recent version


Year originally developed


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Measure Administration


Method of administration


Number of items


Item format

Five-point Likert-type scale

Administration time

20-30 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 nine subscores:

  • Relationships
  • Effort
  • Aspirations
  • Cognition
  • Heart
  • School climate
  • Belonging
  • Culturally affirming instruction
  • Obstacles to perseverance
Scoring procedures

The measure is scored online.

Interpretive information

School average scores are reported on a zero to 100 scale. The percent of students in each of four categories (below, approaching, meets, and exceeds goal) are also reported. Aggregate student responses are also broken down by demographic subgroups.

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

High school students in Bloomington, MN (N=602).

Reliability evidence

Internal consistency (alpha) estimates for the relationships, effort, aspirations, cognition, and heart subscale scores range from 0.80 to 0.90 (Search Institute, 2016). Test-retest reliability estimates (one-week interval) ranged from 0.70 to 0.90 (Search Institute, 2016).

Validity evidence
Evidence based on content
No information is available in the references reviewed.
Evidence based on response processes
Items were pilot tested with a set of 22 schools, and items were revised based on feedback and empirical evidence of item characteristics (Search Institute, 2016).
Evidence based on internal structure
Confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis were used to substantiate the theorized dimensions of the instrument. REACH scores also correlated with school climate scales and with perceived obstacles to perseverance.
Evidence based on relations with other variables
REACH scores correlate with students' GPA and state standardized assessment scores (Search Institute 2016).
Locating the Measure
Obtaining a copy of the measure

"Technical summary: Search Institute's REACH survey," Search Institute, 2016.


Reports contain aggregated (school-level) student information.

This measure is also reviewed in the AWG Guide.

Measure summary updated October 3, 2018.