Toronto District School Board

Student and Parent Census

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) conducts its system-wide Student and Parent Census every 4-5 years to help the Board understand the demographic makeup, the in-school and out-of-school experiences, and the ongoing needs of its student population.  The intent is to use the data collected directly from students and parents to help the system and individual schools develop strategies and adjust supports that further strengthen the school community and help every student succeed.

April 2017 is Census Month at the TDSB! We will conduct our third Student and Parent Census, which will include Grade 4-6 students for the first time, along with Grade 7-12 students. Students will complete the Census in class.  Parents of JK-Grade 6 students will also be invited again to fill out the Parent Census form. Their forms will come home with students in April 2017. The Parent Census survey forms are available in several languages.

The participation of all students and parents in this third Census is crucial to ensure the continued success of our Census efforts, but more importantly to assure that the data collected represent the voices of our all students and parents so that we can continue to provide the right supports for every student to achieve their full potential.

The first TDSB’s Student Census for Grade 7-12 students was conducted in November 2006, and the first Parent Census for parents of JK-Grade 6 students in March 2008.  As a result of the first Census, new policies (e.g., Homework Policy) were implemented, new programs and initiatives (e.g., Feeding Our Future nutrition program, and Beyond 3:30 after-school program) were developed, and resources for under served communities (e.g., Model Schools for Inner Cities) were allocated.

The second Student and Parent Census was administered in 2011-12.  The data from this second Census show where we have made progress and what more we can do to help our students succeed.  For instance, for the first time this second Census provided data on our student’s social and emotional well-being. These results have helped drive and shape our Mental Health Strategy. 

Learn more about our previous Census findings through our Census Publications.

For further information about our Census, please contact Research & Information Services at or 416-394-7404.


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