The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board completed a survey of its students which began in the spring 2011.
The Student Survey had an overall response rate of 57% which was distributed as follows:
JK-6 response rate - 47%
7-12 response rate - 66.7%
The overall response rate is high relative to a market rate of 32%. The difference of response rates between the two survey groups may in part be explained by the fact that the 7-12 students completed the survey at school while the JK-6 survey was sent home to parents for completion and had to be returned to the school (or submitted electronically).
The survey data analysis plans calls for six (6) phases of study. Phase 1 of the survey analysis is a district-wide report which includes a question-by-question analysis of the survey questionnaire. The survey results are reported by respondent group; JK-6 and 7-12.
Read the JK-6 results
Read the 7-12 results
The Ottawa Carleton District School Board would like to thank all our students and their parents/guardians for helping with our 2011 Student Survey.
The student survey was voluntary and every student was invited to participate. The survey questionnaire was complied by either the students themselves (for students in grades 7-12) or by students’ parents (for students in junior kindergarten to grade 6). The survey asked questions about:
- your child (place of birth, age, gender, exceptionalities)
- your child’s family (ethnic background, religion, education)
- learning environment (experience at school, sense of belonging)
- safety (at school and in community, experience with bullying)
- learning supports (parental engagement, homework, community programs)
The purpose of the survey was to collect data that will help us better understand our student population. School districts are responsible for promoting student achievement and student well-being. Research tells us that student achievement is influenced by many factors, including experiences relating to ethnic and cultural background, gender, socio-economics, parental education and engagement, and safety and sense of belonging. The survey data will help us to understand how these factors affect our students. We will use this information to make decisions about instructional practice, programs, and services that are available to students.
The student survey, originally planned for the fall of 2010 was delayed by the school district while the district worked with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC) to address privacy issues associated with the survey.
The IPC concluded that the student survey completed with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The collection, use and disclosure of survey information is in accordance with the Act and that the Board has implemented reasonable measures to prevent unauthorized access to information collected from the survey.
If you have questions about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letter to Parents