About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing
Key stages Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Satisfaction; Commitment to classwork; Reaction to teachers
Description A multidimensional measure of school related quality of life.
Example In class I often count the minutes till it ends
Link Contact author at jepstein@jhu.edu

Implementation details

No. of items 27
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 5-18
Cost single purchase Available from a
Cost per child Available from a

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α KR-20=.8
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA Not reported
CFA Not reported
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Anxiety about school, r= -.43; Classroom behaviour, r= .35; Liking school, r= .58; Parents approval of school, r= .34; Control of environment scale, r= .27; College plans, r= .23
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Difference in QSL scores between students nominated by teachers as having positive/negative interest F= [11.19, 11.89], p< .01. Difference in Quality of School life (QSL) scores based on sociometry, F= [2.77, 12.01], p= [<.01, .05]. In both cases positively rated students had haigher QSL scores.
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Epstein, J. L. & McPartland, J. M (1977). QSL Information Packet. USA: Houghton Mifflin Company.
Epstein, J. L., & McPartland, J. M. (1976). The Concept and Measurement of the Quality of School Life. American Educational Research Journal, 13(1), 15-30. doi:10.3102/00028312013001015