OECD Study – Frequently Asked Questions

How did my child’s school become involved in this study?

The study originates from the Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  CERI does extensive research work that covers learning at all ages and reflects on the futures of schools and universities around the world.  CERI’s focus on social and emotional skills aligns with the work being done in Ottawa to improve student learning and well-being; therefore your child’s district and school are taking part.

Why should we participate?

You and your child’s participation will produce valuable information about students’ social and emotional skills for an international study and for your school District. The purpose of the study is to help participating countries better understand the social and emotional skills of their students and to demonstrate that valid, reliable, and comparable information on social and emotional skills can be produced across diverse populations and settings. At the School Board level this information will be used to support students in the development of social and emotional skills.

Who is being asked to participate?

Schools have been randomly selected to participate.  From these schools, a randomly selected sample of 50-60 students aged 10 and 15 years old, in select classes from all four Ottawa School Boards, are being asked to take part. A parent/guardian and teacher for each randomly selected student will also be asked to participate.

Participation is completely voluntary.

What type of information is collected in the Study on Social and Emotional Skills?

Two types of information are collected:

  • The survey completed by your child assesses 15 social and emotional skills, such as empathy, trust, persistence, curiosity, etc (see Figure below).
  • Surveys completed by the parent and teacher who knows your child best asks questions related to these same skills. You will be asked additional questions about the home environment.

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Will parents provide consent for their child’s participation in this study?

Parents will receive information about the study prior to the administration of direct assessments with students. Parents may opt out of having their child participate in the study by contacting the research staff at the school board office.

Why am I required to opt out of having my child participate?

Decisions about consent in relation to studies involving students are made on a case-by-case basis. Regulation 298, section 20 of the Education Act refers to the requirement for school districts to participate in tests that are administered under the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) which include international assessments such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The consent procedure adopted for this study is similar, with an added element of providing parents with the opportunity to explicitly have their child opt out.

My child receives support based on their IEP.  Will this support be available while my child completes the questionnaire?

Children have access to supports they typically use in other testing scenarios, such as EQAO assessments. 

Who will monitor the class while students participate?

A teacher must be present to monitor the class while students participate.  Study administrators who have been trained for this study, have experience with assessments, and have valid police record checks for the vulnerable sector will be on site to assist with the administration of the study.

Is my child required to answer all of the questions?

No. Children will be encouraged to respond to all items/questions, but participation is completely voluntary. This means they can choose not to answer any question(s) they don’t understand or makes them uncomfortable.

Who can see the answers to the surveys?

All answers will be strictly confidential and all identifying information (names, schools, numbers etc.) will be removed before data is submitted to the international research body. All answers will be submitted using a secure online survey tool. No individual responses will be released internationally, however identifying information may be present at the Board level.

What happens to the information collected?

Information gathered during the study will be used by researchers to improve our knowledge about social and emotional skills of students. Analysis can only happen under strict guidelines of access and confidentiality. Confidentiality of the data gathered is maintained at all times. All publications will never refer to individual children, parents, staff members, or centres and names of participants will not be reported at any time.

Since the outcomes being assessed in this study are so closely aligned with the OCDSB Exit Outcomes, research staff within the District will have access to data for our students for further analyses to help inform strategies and next steps to further enhance the development of these skills among students in our classrooms. Any reporting/sharing of results will be for groups of students in order to maintain confidentiality of participants.

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