Valuing Voices - Identity Matters Student Survey

On June 19, 2020, the OCDSB released the first summary report of our Valuing Voices – Identity Matters! survey of students from kindergarten to grade 12.


Conducted between November 2019 and January 2020, nearly 35,000 surveys were completed for students from kindergarten to grade 12. Parents completed surveys for students from kindergarten to grade 6, with students completing surveys from grades 7-12. The overall response rate was 46.5% (32.2% for parents for students K-6 and 62.5% for students 7-12).


The study explores issues of identity – such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation – along with perceptual questions focused on student well-being, safety and other topics.


Work on the survey was guided by the input of students, parents and community partners through focus groups and discussions beginning in spring 2019.

Survey background


How we are using this data


The OCDSB is using this information to inform our commitment to human rights and equity. This data is being used to help identify trends and patterns, which will allow the District to take action to address structural racism and systemic barriers.


For example, the data will help to better understand racial disparity in student outcomes (e.g., achievement, suspension rates, graduation rates) and experiences in school (e.g., sense of belonging, safety, etc.), and disproportionate representation of different groups across programs and services (e.g., academic/applied/locally developed level courses; English with core French/French immersion programs).


Learn more about how this data is being used on:


Student Suspensions

Grade 10 Credit Accumulation

Elementary and Secondary Program Pathways and Achievement Outcomes



2019-2020 Student Survey

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