Wellness Information and Data

When we collect data about student achievement, in math or language for instance, we also have to consider information about the environments the students are living and learning in. This helps us see the big picture. For example, data about bullying, access to healthy foods, or family violence help explain why some students might not be reaching their full learning potential. This type of information helps the government and schools know where supports are needed.

The work of Education Renewal in this area focuses on using student wellness data to inform government decision-making. For example, for the last four years all NWT kindergarten teachers, with the consent of parents, have completed the Early Development Instrument (EDI) for each 5-year-old in their classes. The EDI tells us a lot about how ready young learners are for Grade 1. This data is now guiding government decisions about programming and improvement efforts. It helps schools know what they can do to better support students. Finding other tools/surveys that can provide us important information that we do not yet collect is also part of the work in this area. The Middle Development Instrument (MDI) is also underway. This is like the EDI, but designed for students in grades 4 and 7 to complete every year. This work also includes developing a way to help schools and communities access and understand the use of their data.