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Student Surveys of Practice

Student voice has a critical place in school improvement and teacher professional learning.

Discover the Tripod 7Cs for Teachers

Prominent leaders – from the best private schools, and major school systems – all use the Tripod 7Cs student success surveys to support instructional efficacy and drive excellence across their schools.
  • Benchmark against thousands of classroom teachers - elementary, middle, and high school
  • Deliver actionable data and insights to drive tangible, positive change in every classroom
  • Better than classroom observations alone


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Strong Evidence about Tripod 7Cs & Effective Teaching

The research provides strong evidence to demonstrate that better survey results on the 7Cs components predict higher student achievement, engagement and motivation
Download our research paper to learn more.

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Leaders Trust the Tripod 7Cs Surveys of Practice

  • Robust Data Set
    Tripod data set includes 1,000,000+ student responses across nearly a quarter of a million classrooms, a significant portion of which includes large urban district students (districts with 50,000+ students). This allows districts to benchmark and calibrate their results.
  • Validated by Research

    A survey instrument with strong psychometric reliability and validity evidence, and the ability to differentiate the quality of instructional practice. In fact, many research studies have highlighted the reliability and validity of data collected with Tripod surveys, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Measure of Effective Teaching (MET) Project, where Tripod 7Cs was the only survey instrument used.

  • Excellent Customer Service
    A large and knowledgeable customer service team that provides: logistical support to the central office and school teams leading up to survey administration, consultation services in developing a data treatment methodology and translation protocol, extensive data quality management processes, and the ability to work within tight timelines.
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  • Easy, Targeted
    Survey responses are analyzed at the classroom-level, and presented in user-friendly, online reports designed for teachers, school leaders, and district personnel. Reports highlight areas of strength and opportunities for improvement for each teacher, so teachers and leaders can quickly gauge where to focus attention.

What Are the 7Cs and What Do They Measure?

Tripod’s 7Cs framework of effective teaching and associated survey measures capture essential elements of instructional practice.

The 7Cs framework groups components into three conceptual categories: personal support (care and confer), curricular support (captivate, clarify, and consolidate); and academic press (challenge and classroom management). This guide provides details about the 7Cs framework, including indicators of exemplary practice, reflection questions, and sample strategies, as well as sample survey items related to each of the 7Cs components.

Explore each of the 7Cs by downloading the guide.

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