Engagement on the part of a student is defined as their involvement in, and enthusiasm for school. Engaged students arrive at school prepared and eager to learn, and they are far more likely to promote excitement about learning in those around them. High Engagement is contagious. Engaged students are more than twice as likely to outperform comparison groups of randomly selected students on standardised tests. Engagement distinguishes between high performing and low performing schools.

The items in the poll that measure Engagement are:

  • I have a best friend at school.
  • I feel safe in this school.
  • My teachers make me feel my schoolwork is important.
  • At this school, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
  • In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good schoolwork.
  • My school is committed to building the strengths of each student.
  • In the last month, I volunteered my time to help others.

Further information can be found:
Students - less engaged over time

Solutions to Build Engagement in Australia
Solutions to Build Engagement in New Zealand