F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently-asked questions about the High School Survey of Student Engagement. If you have other questions, please contact the HSSSE office by phone (812-856-1813) or e-mail (HSSSE@indiana.edu) and we will be happy to answer your questions.

What is the High School Survey of Student Engagement?

The High School Survey of Student Engagement (HSSSE, pronounced “hessie”) is a survey that assesses the levels and dimensions of student engagement in the life and work of high schools, the extent to which high school students are involved in activities associated with high levels of learning and development, and the strength of the connection between students and their school community.  HSSSE provides schools with rich and valuable data on students’ beliefs about learning, attitudes about their school experience, and behaviors in their learning environment.

HSSSE was created to target all students in grades 9 through 12. It identifies student behaviors and school characteristics that can be altered to enhance student learning and school effectiveness.

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How is the HSSSE survey administered?

Previously, HSSSE was administered by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University as a fee-for-service to schools, districts and other groups who wanted to examine high school student engagement. Since 2003, HSSSE has been used to measure the engagement of secondary students, with more than 400,000 students in over 40 states completing the survey between 2006 and 2013. 

Starting in Fall 2013, CEEP no longer administers HSSSE as a fee-for-service. Going forward, the use of HSSSE survey items by schools, districts, and researchers is permitted without charge. HSSSE and the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) must be cited/referenced in documentation and publications.

In addition, CEEP will work with interested school districts, state departments of education, state and national organizations, and foundations to develop larger-scale research and evaluation studies that evaluate high school student engagement. These studies may include HSSSE, as well as other data collection methods developed by CEEP in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Costs for these studies will be commensurate with the methodology and scope of the study.

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How do I register my school?

Registration is no longer open. If you are interested, schools, districts, and researchers are permitted to use the HSSSE without charge. To obtain the HSSSE codebook to score results or other materials, please send inquiries to hssse@indiana.edu. HSSSE and the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University must be cited/referenced in documentation and publications.

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