The Student Engagement and Motivation Survey (SEMS) asks students in 4th through 12th grades to report on aspects of their own engagement and motivation. The survey measures the following dimensions: future orientation, dispositions such as self-efficacy and growth mindset, and feeling a sense of belonging in school. The resulting data provide unique insights into the ways students perceive themselves and their learning environments.
After a successful pilot in the Renton School District in 2012, four Road Map Project school districts integrated a revised SEMS into their student surveys in 2013-14. Auburn School District, Renton School District, Seattle Public Schools and Tukwila School District are now collecting data on students’ perceptions of their motivation-related beliefs and engagement in school with the goal of informing school and district planning and intervention efforts. The participating districts are expected to continue administering SEMS, with the hope that other districts will also use it or a similar measure in the future.
In 2014, almost 12,000 students in grades 4 through 12 across three of the four participating districts took the survey. The graph shows results from five questions (of 43 total questions). The answers provide initial insights into engagement and motivation.