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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.

What skills are being measured?

The study will measure the following social and emotional skills, based on the Big Five personality traits:

  • Task performance;               -    Emotional regulation;            -    Collaboration;                     
  • Open-mindedness;              -    Engaging with others;
  • and compound skills, such as self-efficacy, self-reflection, and critical thinking.

Why should we participate?

You and your child’s participation will produce valuable information about students’ social and emotional skills for an international study.  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.

Who is being asked to participate?

A randomly selected sample of 10- and 15-year-old students, 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 is also asked to participate. No individual is required to participate; participation is completely voluntary.

Who can see the answers to the surveys?

All answers will be strictly confidential and only accessible to the research team directly involved in the study.  All answers will be submitted using a secure online survey tool.  No individual responses will be released. 

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

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

Who will supervise the class while students participate?

The class will be supervised by a teacher, and study administrators who have been trained for this study, have experience with assessments, and have valid criminal record checks. 

What happens next?

This is the second phase of a 3-part study.  The goal of this phase is to assess quality of the instruments and all procedures prior to the Main Study which will take place in Fall 2019.  Next year, the study will continue with a new group of students, with a larger number of participants, to gather data on social and emotional skill development in the final phase of the study.

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