Research shows student engagement and motivation decrease as they progress through secondary school. In searching for an explanation for this decline, Dr. Mark Van Ryzin, now at the University of Oregon, asked the basic question: "What pedagogical model provides a good learning environment for the healthy psychological development of adolescents?"   It has been determined from the surveys that school environments can exert influences on student motivation and engagement through their support or lack of support for students’ developmental needs. These needs include autonomy, belongingness and competence (measured by goal orientation).



The Hope Survey for Students is a unique tool which enables schools to assess their school environment through the eyes of their students. By measuring student perceptions of autonomy, belongingness, goal orientations and engagement in learning, you have a quantitative method of assessing their disposition toward achievement.


The Hope Survey

The Hope Survey for Students consists of a series of online surveys which ask students their perceptions of autonomy, belongingness, goal orientation, academic press, engagement and hope. Hope is measured with the hope index.



The Hope Survey for Students was designed to measure students’ perception of the school environment by pulling together reliable, valid measurement instruments from different sources. All scales used in the Hope Survey were developed by researchers at major universities, been published establishing their validity and reliability, and have been used repeatedly in educational research in a variety of different student demographics.


Using the Results

The core of both of the Hope Surveys is the measurement of Engagement and Hope, which reflects an individual’s self perception regarding their ability to clearly conceptualize their goals, develop the specific strategies to reach those goals and initiate and sustain activity based upon those strategies.