Dataset Early Development Instrument (EDI)

Early Development Instrument (EDI) 
Data Provider (source):

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)


The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire designed to measure children’s development in kindergarten. Designed by Drs. Dan Offord and Magdalena Janus of McMaster University, the EDI is a checklist that kindergarten teachers complete for each child in their class. It is a holistic measure of children's development across five areas: (1) physical health and well-being; (2) social competence; (3) emotional maturity; (4) language and cognitive development; and (5) communication skills. Teachers complete the EDI in February, after they have had several months of interaction with their Kindergarten class.

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Individual Level Data 
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Personal Education Number 
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The EDI questionnaire is completed by kindergarten teachers from across BC for all children in their classes. This is done in 3 year waves. Each wave represents as close as possible a complete province wide survey of all BC school districts. 


Since EDI data is collected in three year waves, it is important to note that not every child who attends kindergarten in a given year in BC will be captured in the EDI dataset. For example, a child attending kindergarten in Vancouver in 2008 would not be included in the EDI data as data was not being collected in that particular geographic region of BC in 2008.

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[2019-02-07 15:52] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring)