Our Frameworks and Survey Modules

Tripod offers a wide range of survey modules. Our research-validated survey measures begin at fewer than 20 items in length. There is no extra charge for longer surveys that include additional modules. Tripod has analyzed data from millions of students to validate the logic of its conceptual model.


The 7Cs™ components are a set of teaching practices that peer-reviewed research has linked to student engagement (effort and behavior) and achievement (gains on standardized tests). The 7Cs framework of effective teaching describes the extent to which teachers:

  • Care

    Show concern for students’ emotional and academic well-being
  • Confer

    Encourage and value students’ ideas and views
  • Captivate

    Spark and maintain student interest in learning
  • Clarify

    Help students understand content and resolve confusion
  • Consolidate

    Help students integrate and synthesize key ideas
  • Challenge

    Insist that students persevere and do their best work
  • Classroom Management

    Foster orderly, respectful, and on-task classroom behavior
Student Engagement

Tripod’s engagement framework is built upon five important goals to which we believe all teachers should aspire. Each of our engagement constructs—behavioral engagement, emotional engagement, and motivational mindsets—is designed to capture classroom-level progress towards these goals while also recognizing that student engagement is responsive to both the instructional climate and peer dynamics of each classroom.


All students should feel trusting, safe, and welcome in the classroom. Tripod measures classroom trust through our emotional engagement construct, which captures what is often called a sense of belonging or relatedness.


All students should behave respectfully and abide by school rules. Tripod measures classroom cooperation through our behavioral engagement construct. This dimension of behavioral engagement is concerned with student conduct.


All students should be highly motivated to master their studies and feel optimistic about prospects for success. Tripod measures ambition in each classroom through our motivational mindset construct, which captures both mastery and performance oriented goals.


All students should work diligently and remain resilient in response to setbacks. Tripod measures classroom diligence through our behavioral engagement construct. This dimension of behavioral engagement is concerned with effort and persistence in learning.


All students should experience a sense of fulfillment and increased efficacy in the classroom. Satisfaction is the emotional reward or motivational payoff that students achieve by being cooperative, ambitious, and diligent.

While Tripod’s student engagement indicators are not used to measure teaching practices, they can provide important insight into classroom learning conditions and student experiences.


Success Skills & Mindsets and Peer Support are two additional modules that cover classroom-level dynamics. Our three-module suite of School Climate measures document how different students—and different groups of students—experience School Safety, Youth Culture, and Civility Norms differently. All of these modules document students’ mindsets and experiences in ways geared to support school improvement.

Success Skills & Mindsets

These measures pertain to classroom-level growth in mindsets. They bring together concepts associated with executive functioning (i.e., self-regulation), growth mindset, and future orientation—key foundations for grit.

In-Class Peer

All students should support one another instead of teasing or discouraging classmates. Peer support captures behaviors that are often invisible to a teacher but can undermine student motivation and discourage cooperation, diligence, and help seeking.


This module measures whether students perceive the school as a physically safe place versus a place where peers are bullies, fights are an ever-present possibility, and there are reasons to be fearful.


These indicators measure positive qualities of youth culture, such as whether students trust schoolmates and have high self-esteem, in addition to problematic qualities, such as whether they fear being perceived as too serious about school, resent high achievers, and have self-handicapping habits.


This module measures whether students perceive that adults in the building treat them respectfully in the hallways and whether students feel inclined to be cooperative with adults who are not their teachers.


Tripod® teacher surveys provide an honest, efficient, and effective method for conveying teacher feedback to administrators. They illuminate teacher perspectives on professional development, professional accountability, instructional leadership, time-use patterns, instructional quality, and collective efficacy. In addition, they capture each teacher’s assessment of her/his own performance on the 7Cs components. Just as student feedback helps teachers deliver instructional quality, teacher feedback to administrators can set in motion strategic improvements benefiting the whole school community. Teacher surveys can also be used in combination with student surveys to measure and highlight differences between teacher and student perceptions of classroom instructional quality.

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