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TDSB Releases Results of First-Ever Adult Student Census

Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Categories: News Releases

Today, the results from The Toronto District School Board’s 2014-15 Adult Student Census were released. This census is the first of its kind in North America. It will help inform adult education programming and planning across the TDSB and support the province in developing evidence-based policies for adult students.


Nearly 4,800 (78%) adult students from across the TDSB’s five adult high schools took part in the census, providing a wealth of information on the multi-faceted educational pathways of this diverse student population. By capturing data on the unique educational experiences and histories of adult students, we can accurately determine the best supports to help them achieve academic and personal success.


The census reveals many areas of strength in our adult high schools. It also identifies challenges and barriers that could impact student outcomes, and areas in need of focused resources to make our system even stronger.



Quick Facts

  • Student Demographics: 44% of adult students have lived in Canada for less than 4 years; a further 18% have lived in Canada between 5 and 9 years.

  • Household Income: 77% of adult students reported an annual household income of less than $30,000; results from the TDSB’s 2012 Parent Census showed that only 28% reported an income in this lower category


  • Overall School Climate: 85% of adult students had positive experiences at school all the time, and 92% felt safe in the classroom


  • School-Work-Life Balance: Only 47% of adult students were able to find time for both school work and family responsibilities; only 43% felt able to balance school work with job responsibilities.


  • Emotional Well-being: Around two thirds (64%) of adult students had higher levels of emotional well-being and around a third (36%) had lower levels of emotional well-being (feeling depressed, overwhelmed, stressed).

“I’m proud of the work our adult high schools do every year to support thousands of students in achieving their academic goals, applying to post-secondary education, and entering chosen career fields. This powerful data will help better identify and address potential barriers to academic success and well-being for adult students at the TDSB and across Ontario.”

- Donna Quan, Director, TDSB


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