2024 Valuing Voices - Identity Matters Student Survey April 11 - May 10, 2024

2024 Valuing Voices - Identity Matters Student Survey April 11-26, 2024


Update: Thank you so much to all of the students and parents/caregivers who participated in our 2024 Valuing Voices: Identity Matters Student Survey.

We are happy to share that we received 47,153 valid survey responses, for an overall participation rate of 61% of students from kindergarten to Grade 12. This is an increase of nearly 15% compared to our 2019-2020 student survey.

The insights gathered from this survey will play a critical role in shaping our understanding of student identity and school climate in schools across the OCDSB. 

Moving forward, our Research, Evaluation and Analytics Division will work to analyze this data and help school staff apply the information we have gathered to better support school safety, learning and student well-being. 

District-level results of our school climate and identity-based data will be shared publicly in late 2024.

The 2024 Valuing Voices - Identity Matters Student Survey collects information about our student population and their experiences at school.

Your participation matters. 

We want to better understand OCDSB students and support their learning, safety and well-being.

A student’s identity can affect their experiences at school and whether they feel safe, welcome and valued for who they are. Collecting this information will allow us to better design programs and supports to address issues including bullying, mental health and student achievement. 

The survey will have two parts:

  • Demographic data: Including questions about language, Indigenous identity, ethnicity, race, faith/creed, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.
  • School climate data: Including questions about feelings of safety, engagement and well-being

Who can complete the survey?

  • Parents/caregivers of students in Kindergarten through grade 6 can complete one survey per child. 
  • Students in grades 7-12 can complete the survey during class time at school.
  • Participation is voluntary and confidential.
  • Surveys will be available in multiple languages.

What you can expect:

  • All parents/caregivers were sent an information letter about the survey.
  • On April 11, 2024, parents/caregivers of students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 will receive an email with a link to the survey (one per child). Students in grades 7 to 12 will complete the survey during class time.. 
  • The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. 
  • The survey can be completed between April 11 and May 10, 2024.
  • Preliminary results will be available in late 2024.

Is the survey confidential?

Yes. The data collected will be completely confidential. Each survey is assigned a unique ID to separate the names of individuals from the data. All reporting will be done at the group level. Individual responses will not be shared with your principal, teacher or school staff.

Is participation in the survey voluntary? 

Yes. The Student Survey is voluntary and confidential. Participation is optional. You can answer some, all, or none of the questions. What you share is up to you. 

More questions? We have many more answers. 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about the survey, privacy and confidentiality, accessing the survey and more.

More information will be added to the FAQ and this page as needed and will be shared with parents/caregivers, students and staff.

Additional questions can be sent to: [email protected]  

Background and Resources

The 2024 Valuing Voices: Identity Matters Student Survey is designed based on previous identity-based data and school climate surveys. Learn more about the 2019-2020 Student Survey and 2022 Student School Climate Survey.

Putting data into action: How identity and school climate results have made an impact

Frequently Asked Questions
Student Survey Questions
Survey Information Letter
Additional Resources
Putting data into action

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