Educational Engagement Scale for Teenagers

This tool was developed by Child Trends for the Templeton Foundation, as part of the Flourishing Children Project. It includes six items that measure educational engagement in teenagers. Educational engagement includes behavioral engagement (e.g.,  participation in school related activities), emotional engagement (e.g., caring about doing well), and cognitive engagement (e.g., an investment of time and energy in learning). 


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
Measure developed by Child Trends for the Flourishing Children Project, funded by the Templeton Foundation. For more information on positive indicators, search the Child Trends web page at
Scoring / Benchmarking
You may calculate a total score by associating the following numeric values with the answer options: None of the time=0; A little of the time=1; Some of the time=2; Most of the time=3; All of the time=4; and Strongly disagree=0; Somewhat disagree=1; Neither agree or disagree=2; Somewhat agree=3; and Strongly agree=4. Question #3 should be reverse scored. The maximum score for this scale equals 24. Total scores allow for quick overviews of how individuals are doing, as well as easy comparisons in aggregate between pre-and post tests.
Background / Quality
This scale has been tested with a nationally representative sample of teenagers aged 12-17. It has been found to have excellent reliability (alpha=.80) and concurrent validity (associated with better grades and a lower likelihood of smoking, fighting, and depressive symptoms).
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