To help us better understand the needs of students and their families, the Peel District School Board launched its first Student Census in November 2018. Students in grades 4 to 12 were invited to fill out a questionnaire that asked them questions about themselves and their experiences inside and outside of school. Parents/guardians of students in kindergarten to grade 3 received a questionnaire to fill out on behalf of their child(ren).
After thorough processing and analysis, the Peel board's Research and Accountability department produced the Student Census 2018: Secondary School Report, a breakdown of results for over 39,000 students in grades 9 to 12. This is the first in a series of reports—elementary (kindergarten to grade 8) and board results are expected to be made available by March 2020 to help inform board and school decision-making.
Findings in this report, and future Student Census reports, will assist the board and our schools to:
- better understand student populations and school communities
- identify and eliminate barriers to student success, inclusion and well-being
- establish effective programs and reallocate resources to where they are needed most
As you read this report, keep in mind:
- This report outlines secondary student results only. It doesn't include responses from elementary (K-8) students and should not be used to make assumptions about all Peel students.
- The report includes results for each question of the Student Census. It doesn't provide any connections between specific demographics and their experiences—that data is still being analyzed.
- View this helpfulResource Guide to learn more about the questions and data about identity.
- These board-wide results may not reflect a specific secondary school community. In Spring 2020, we will launch a new e-Dashboard, which will provide school administrators with the opportunity to view school-specific data for the Student Census.
- We will use these findings, along with other relevant research reports and ongoing consultation with staff, students, families and community members, to inform decision-making.
- Our reports or analyses will never identify any single student. By law, the Peel board cannot reveal individualized information for any student/parent who completes the census.
Coming in 2020:
- Student Census 2018: Elementary School Report (kindergarten to grade 8)
- Student Census 2018: Full Board Report
- In-depth reports examining the experiences of specific identities within the Peel board
Public data set
View the public data set of secondary students' identity-based responses, as required by the Anti-Racism Directorate. All data has been de-personalized and only shows summarized trends.
If you have any questions regarding the Student Census, view our Student Census resources page or contact the Research and Accountability department at firstname.lastname@example.org.