Middle Years Development Instrument
We have continued to use the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) as one way to monitor the well-being of our students. In the 2020-2021 school year, the MDI was administered to Gr. 5 students. The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in Grade 4 to Grade 8 about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in school and in the community. It is a unique and comprehensive questionnaire that helps us gain a deeper understanding of how children are doing at this stage in their lives. Researchers working at the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) are using results to learn more about children's social-emotional health and well-being. In addition, the MDI is being used across sectors to support collaboration and inform policy and practice.
Our school has been following the results these questions:
At my school, there is an adult who believes I will be a success. (2021 - 55% High Connectedness, 45% Medium Connectedness, 0% Low Connectedness)
I can calm myself down when I'm excited or upset. (2021 - 36% High Social and Emotional Development, 45% Medium Social and Emotional Development, 18% Low Social and Emotional Development)
We notice that our results are similar to last year's and believe that the work we have been doing is supporting the well-being of our students over time.
We are also interested in comparing what we believe our students' experiences to be and what they are telling us:
I wish I could do additional activities (outside of school). (2021 - 63%)
People care about each other in this school. (2021 - 50% High School Experiences, 28% Medium School Experiences, 22% Low School Experiences)
I feel like I am important to this school. (2021 - 42% High School Experiences, 24% Medium School Experiences, 33% Low School Experiences)
This is an area we are interested in exploring in the 2021-2022 school year.