Exit Outcomes

Exit Outcomes: The Characteristics and Skills We Want for all Learners

 At the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board our vision of student success goes beyond the classroom.  Our goal is to prepare students to be successful in life. The OCDSB Exit Outcomes identify 5 Characteristics and 5 Skills that we are trying to develop in every student.  

  • Collaborative
  • Globally Aware
  • Goal-oriented
  • Innovative/Creative
  • Resilient
  • Academically Diverse
  • Critical Thinkers
  • Digitally Fluent
  • Effective Communicators
  • Ethical Decision-makers

This work begins in kindergarten and we hope that by the time students graduate, they will move confidently into the world, equipped with a strong academic foundation and the learning skills they need to navigate future pathways - whether that is work, apprenticeship, college, university or community living.

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OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills

Over the past three years, the OCDSB has been participating in an international study on the Development of Social and Emotional Skills organised by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The main portion of the study took place in the Fall of 2019, investigating the development of social and emotional skills of 10- and 15-year olds.

The skills included in this study closely align with our Exit Outcomes – the skills and characteristics we aim to develop in every student to foster student success beyond the classroom.

The study assessed students’ social and emotional skills using direct assessments of students, and indirect assessment through parents and teacher questionnaires. The study also gathered a range of information on the student’s family, school, and community environments through teachers, parents, school principals, and the students themselves.

Testing at OCDSB schools ended on November 22nd, 2019. There were approximately 150 schools across 4 boards that participated in this stage of the study.

If you have any questions about our participation in this study or about the protection of student privacy, please contact oecdstudy@ocdsb.ca.

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