Student Engagement

Schools in North Dakota will measure student engagement with a survey provided by Cognia. The Cognia Student Engagement Survey measures three types of engagement: engaged, compliant, and not engaged.

Past Student Engagement Survey data can be found on ND Insights.

The 2019-2020 Student Engagement Survey window is October 15 - December 6, 2019

With questions regarding the Student Engagement Survey administration, please contact the Office of School Approval & Opportunity at (701) 328-2755 or the Cognia Help Desk at (888) 413-3669 Ext. 5720.

2019-2020 Student Engagement Survey Guidance and Accomodations

Overview
Schools in North Dakota will measure student engagement with a survey developed by Cognia. The Cognia Student Engagement Survey measures one of North Dakota’s non-academic accountability factors. Student engagement accounts for 30% of elementary and middle school accountability, and 20% for high school accountability. You can review accountability factors on our website here.

This guidance will cover:

  • Survey Window
  • Survey Description
  • Accessing Surveys and Rosters
  • Survey Accommodations
     
    Survey Window
    There will be a window for survey administration starting October 15 and closing December 6, 2019. Once this window closes, it will not be re-opened. The window has been moved back to Fall because of overwhelming feedback from the field.
     

Survey Description
The Cognia student engagement survey measures three types of engagement: engaged, compliant, and not engaged. In addition, the surveys measure cognitive, emotional, and behavioral engagement. See full description below:

Types:

  • Cognitive Engagement – Includes a student’s perceptions and beliefs associated with school and learning.
  • Behavioral Engagement – Student’s observable actions or participation while at school that is investigated through a student’s positive conduct, effort, and participation (e.g., participation in extracurricular activities, attendance, and work habits).
  • Emotional (Affective) Engagement – A student’s feelings toward school, learning, teachers, and peers.

Quality:

  •  Committed (Authentic Engagement)
    • The student volunteers time, effort, and attention.
    •  The student is attentive to the task because he/she finds personal meaning and value in the task.
    • The student persists with the task even when he/she experiences difficulty and does not compromise personal standards for the completion of the task.
  • Compliant
    • The student spends only as much time, energy, and resources as are required to get the reward offered.
    • The student is attentive to the task because he/she perceives the receipt of some desired extrinsic reward.
    • The student does only those things that must be done and does little or nothing outside the context of direct supervision by the teacher.
  • Disengaged
    • The student does nothing and when forced through direct supervision to do the task, either engages in compliance or rebellion.
    • The student employs strategies to conceal his/her lack of involvement. 
    • The student overtly refuses to comply with the requirement of the task. 


Survey Names
 

2019 Student Engagement Survey Names
Categories Configuration Attributes
Elementary (Grades 3-5)

English translation: 2019-2020 North Dakota Student Engagement Survey, Grades 3-5
 

Spanish Translation: 2019-2020 Encuesta de participación estudiantil en North Dakota, Grados 3-5

Middle School (Grades 6-8)  
   


 

 

 

 

 

Survey and Roster Access
Surveys can be accessed by students on the eProve platform. Administrators and staff with appropriate permissions can access survey student rosters via the MyJourney eProve platform. Rosters will be updated weekly to take in-effect student transfers.

 

Accommodations
The NDDPI understands that all students learn differently, and some students may need accommodations. We recommend teachers give ANY student who they feel needs accommodations to receive them regardless if they have an IEP, are English Learners or general education statements.

 

Pre-survey Considerations
Whenever possible, students with disabilities should participate in the eProve Student Engagement Survey. In general, students should be provided with accommodations that fall within the scope of their IEP or 504 plans.

Teachers can read the survey to students before administration to familiarize students with the content and for easier administration.

 

Time Accommodations
Students with IEPs or 504 plans may need additional time to complete the survey and/or their accommodations could provide for short breaks during the allotted time for the survey. Any and all accommodations relative to time (e.g., breaks, time of day) should be followed during the administration of the survey.

 

Presentation and Response Accommodations
The eProve survey module’s platform presents the text in a non-enlarged screen view; therefore, the institution is encouraged to allow students, if appropriate, to use equipment that presents the text in larger print. Supplemental devices (e.g., magnification device) can be utilized when administering the survey if the student utilizes these devices during daily instruction and the use of a supplemental device is stated in the IEP or 504 plan.

Students who have difficulty reading text may have the survey read aloud to them by a teacher, survey administrator, or other staff as designated and allowed. If a student’s IEP or 504 plan states that other accommodations are required for the student to complete the survey, then apply those accommodations as stated for survey completion. For example, students with a read aloud accommodation can mark their responses on a paper version, and their responses can be transferred to the online format by the teacher or survey administrator. Non-verbal students may have an accommodation that enables them to participate and complete the survey; examples of accommodations might include students pointing or using their eyes to gaze at an item on the paper version or online format. If a non-verbal method is used, then the teacher or survey administrator records each response for the students.

Students should be reminded and monitored to answer each survey item regardless of the format they are using to ensure that the survey is completed and ready to be submitted.

Teachers or survey administrators can paraphrase instructions, questions and/or the set of responses only for students with accommodations as allowed under their IEPs or 504 plans, provided the actual meaning of the text remains true to its original intention. To aid in simplifying the survey items for these students, Cognia has created a thesaurus for potentially challenging words along with alternate words (see Thesaurus for Students with Accommodations section).

Cognia Student Engagement Survey Administration Guide

Cognia has developed a comprehensive, 30-page guide to aid schools in the administration of the Student Engagement Survey.

If at any point questions should arise during the survey administration process, please don't hesitate to contact Cognia Customer Care at (888) 413.3669. Questions regarding the use of survey results in accountability should be referred to NDDPI t (701) 328-2755.

Thesaurus for Students with Accomodations

Grades 3-5 Survey

Survey Wording Alternate Wording
Bother Trouble
Excited Happy
Extra More
Important Major
Interesting Fun
Learning Goals Plans
Media Center Library
Nervous Scared
Okay That's Fine
On Task Focus
Pretend Act Like
Proud Glad
Recess Break
Technology Computers

 

Grades 6-8 Survey

Survey Wording Alternate Wording
Exceed Top or Pass
Expectations Goals
Impress Make Happy
Motivate Lead
Participate Join In
Peers Friends
Promoted Move Up
Recognized Known
Statement Sentence
Wanders Gets Lost

 

Grades 9-12 Survey

Survey Wording Alternate Wording
Apply Involve
At Passing At Doing Well
Challenging Hard
Concept Idea
Content Happy
Contribute Add
Engage Do
Established Set
Extracurricular After School
Influence Change
Monitor Keep Track Of
Participating Joining In
Requirements Work
Struggle Try Hard
Tempted Wanted

 

Student Engagement Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the survey be given to students?
A: The survey administration window will be open from October 15 through December 6, 2019. Each district will determine the best time to administer the survey to their students during this time period.

Q: What is the purpose of the Student Engagement Survey?
A: The NDDPI is determined to provide its schools and districts with better information about student learning to support their continuous improvement efforts and improve teaching and learning.  The Cognia Student Engagement Survey collects direct feedback from students regarding their learning experiences; results for schools help leaders and teachers understand what students need for their success. The 2019-20 results will be used to calculate each school’s School Quality Indicator which accounts for 30% of an elementary or middle school’s overall rating and 20% of a high school’s overall rating for the 2019-20 school year.

Q: Which students are included in the survey administration?
A: All students in grades 3-12 who are actively enrolled in a North Dakota school during the survey window should participate in the survey administration.

Q: How will students access the survey?
A: The survey is administered online to students statewide. Each student will enter his/her unique login credentials to access the survey that was developed for his/her grade level. The NDDPI, in conjunction with the North Dakota Information Technology Department (ITD), will provide your school's Student Engagement Survey coordinators the unique login credentials for each rostered student.

Q: How long is the survey and will students be asked demographic questions?
A: There are 20 questions in the survey. Students will not be asked any questions related to their gender, race, or religion.

Q: Will a transfer or new student have to take the survey?
A: Each student will only take one student engagement survey. Because this is a statewide survey, if a student transfers from another North Dakota school where he or she already has taken the survey during the current administration window, they will not have access to take the survey again. If during the survey administration window, a student transfers from a school outside of the state, or he/she did not previously take this year’s survey while at another school/district within the state, they should take the survey. If this new student does not have access to the survey, he/she should inform their teacher.

Sample Parent Communication Language

It is recommended, but not required, that schools reach out to parents with communication regarding the Student Engagement Survey before the administration window opens. Below is a sample of recommended language for your school's parent notification letter:

 

Dear Parent(s),

We want to share with you an important opportunity for your child(ren) to impact and improve their school culture and learning environment. Student engagement is an important predictor of student success. North Dakota is committed to understanding, through the voice of students, how we can best support their engagement and success in learning.  Students in grades 3-12, will have the opportunity to share information about their educational experiences and perspectives through the statewide Student Engagement Survey between October 15 – December 6, 2019. This survey is not a test. There are no correct or incorrect answers.

Participating in the survey provides your student(s) an opportunity to have a voice in their education. We take student privacy seriously therefore the data collected and analyzed will be at the school level.   Individual student results will not be reported. We will not identify your child(ren) and how they responded to the survey.

Summary feedback across all students will be provided to teachers and leaders in order to support professional development and continuous improvement at your school and district.  Statewide student survey results will also be used by the state to report school quality as part of the state’s accountability system.

The survey has 20 brief questions. We encourage you to talk with your child(ren) about the survey and let them know the importance of answering the questions honestly.  The collective responses of all participating students will help schools learn what they do well and what they can do better to help all students succeed.

An accompanying Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document is provided for your information. If you have additional questions, please contact your school principal.

Please encourage your child to engage with us in this important effort. We look forward to your child(ren) participating in the 2019-20 Student Engagement Survey.

Sincerely,

 

XXXX

2019-2020 Sample Survey Administration Teacher Scripts

Elementary Survey Grades 3-5

 

Good (Morning, Afternoon),

Today, you will be taking a survey on your (computer/laptop/iPad, etc.) to help us know how you feel about learning and what is important to you about school. This is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers. Read each question or statement and pick the answer that is most like you.  It is very important that you provide honest answers so that we have good information and know how to do better at our job and make school more fun.  

All of the questions need an answer, so be sure not to skip any of them.

Do you have any questions before we begin?  

<INSERT APPROPRIATE INSTRUCTIONS, such as “Now we are ready to begin. (Click or enter) the link to begin. On the login page, select North Dakota from the state dropdown menu. Then, in the Login ID box, enter the access code number from the paper I gave to you.  Be sure the paper has your name on it.  Then, in the last box, type the first three letters of your last name.  For example, my name is Ms. Smith, so I would enter s m i.  Once all three boxes have been filled in, click login.” 

Take your time and have fun!

 

School Personnel Use Only:

*Note:

  • Please provide all students the following website for the Cognia Student Portal.
  • When students are on the login page, they must select North Dakota, enter their assigned Login ID and the first 3 characters of their last name.
  • They will see a 2nd screen asking them to confirm whether or not they are the student shown.
  • They will have unlimited attempts to login to the portal. Please assist them when asked.
  • When they have successfully logged in, they will need to select Start Survey.
  • All questions are required in order for students to select the green arrow at the end of the survey to submit.
  • Students will be returned to their Student Portal dashboard, once the survey has been submitted. The survey will show as Completed Survey. The student will need to Log Out of the Student Portal.
  • Students cannot access or retake the survey once it has been completed.
  • School personnel are welcome to read each survey question and answers to students. Please be mindful to read the items without any expression, which may influence students to select a specific response.
  • Please note that if you do read questions or answers to a student, you must not change the wording unless the student has such an accommodation designated in their IEP or 504 plan.

 

Middle Survey Grades 6-8

 

Good (Morning, Afternoon),

Today, you will be taking a survey on your (computer/laptop/iPad, etc.) so we can know more about your feelings toward learning. It is very important that you are honest when answering these questions. You have to choose an answer for each question so don’t skip any of them.

When you are finished taking the survey we will learn a lot about how you engage in learning, and what you feel is important at school. This will help us teach you in a better way and make school more meaningful to you.  

This survey is not a test, please answer honestly. There are no right or wrong answers. Each question on the survey has 5 possible answers. Choose one answer that best describes you.

Do you have any questions before we begin?

Please take your time and answer honestly!

 

School Personnel Use Only:

*Note:

  • Please provide all students the following website for the Cognia Student Portal.
  • When students are on the login page, they must select North Dakota, enter their assigned Login ID and the first 3 characters of their last name.
  • They will see a 2nd screen asking them to confirm whether or not they are the student shown.
  • They will have unlimited attempts to login to the portal. Please assist them when asked.
  • When they have successfully logged in, they will need to select Start Survey.
  • All questions are required in order for students to select the green arrow at the end of the survey to submit.
  • Students will be returned to their Student Portal dashboard, once the survey has been submitted. The survey will show as Completed Survey. The student will need to Log Out of the Student Portal.
  • Students cannot access or retake the survey once it has been completed.

 

High School Survey Grades 9-12

 

Good (Morning, Afternoon),

Today, you will be taking a survey on your (computer/laptop/iPad, etc.) to gather information about your feelings and experiences about learning. It is very important that you are honest when answering these questions. You must choose one answer for each question, so don’t skip any of them.

When you have completed the survey, we will learn a lot about how you engage in your learning, and what you feel is important at school. This will help us teach you in a better way and make school more meaningful to you.

This survey is not a test, please answer honestly. There are no right or wrong answers. Each question on the survey has 5 possible answers. Choose one answer that best describes you.

Do you have any questions before we begin?

Please take your time and answer honestly!

 

School Personnel Use Only:

*Note:

  • Please provide all students the following website for the Cognia Student Portal.
  • When students are on the login page, they must select North Dakota, enter their assigned Login ID and the first 3 characters of their last name.
  • They will see a 2nd screen asking them to confirm whether or not they are the student shown.
  • They will have unlimited attempts to login to the portal. Please assist them when asked.
  • When they have successfully logged in, they will need to select Start Survey.
  • All questions are required in order for students to select the green arrow at the end of the survey to submit.
  • Students will be returned to their Student Portal dashboard, once the survey has been submitted. The survey will show as Completed Survey. The student will need to Log Out of the Student Portal.
  • Students cannot access or retake the survey once it has been completed.

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