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Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) Survey

The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a survey completed by children in Grade 4. Developed in B.C., it is the first survey of its kind in Canada for children of this age group. It is unique in that it gives children a voice, an opportunity to communicate to adults in schools and communities about what their experiences are inside and outside of school. The survey includes questions about five areas of development:

• Social and emotional development;

• Connectedness;

• School experiences;

• Physical health and well-being; and

• Constructive use of after-school time.

The MDI is administered by classroom teachers during regular class time. As a population level tool, the MDI measures developmental change or trends in populations of children and is not used to understand individual children. Once collected, results are aggregated and reported back to schools and communities in easy to read reports and maps. The MDI is voluntary for children, parents/guardians, teachers, and schools.

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Target Audiences:
Province Wide
Date & Time:
Mon Sep 17, 2012
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What happens with the survey results? Visit our webpage to see examples of past reports:

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