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Quebec Survey of Child
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Quebec survey of child development in kindergarten

Teachers - QSCDK 2017

Here are the steps to follow when filling out the Early Development Instrument (EDI)© questionnaires for the Québec Survey of Child Development in Kindergarten (QSCDK).

1. Read the Teacher’s Quick Reference Sheet

The Teacher’s Quick Reference Sheet contains the main information you need to fill out the questionnaires on your students and use e-EDI. As you have received the paper copy, we highly recommend you keep this document close at hand.

2. Read the e-EDI User Manual

The e-EDI User Manual contains all the information you need to access the electronic questionnaires (e-EDI) and move among sections and questions.

3. Familiarize yourself with the Guide

The EDI Guide contains all the questions along with explanatory notes for most of them. We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the EDI Guide before filling out the questionnaires or refer to it while doing so.

4. Fill out the QSCDK e-EDI questionnaires

When you are ready to proceed, log onto the site and fill out one questionnaire per student.


Please contact us if you require additional information or technical assistance.


Additional Information

Video: EDI and child development – McMaster University

FAQ for teachers

  1. How can I withdraw my child’s name from the list?
  2. There are two kindergarten teachers in my class. Which of us fills out the questionnaires?
  3. What do I do if I have filled out and submitted a questionnaire for a child, but later receive the refusal form signed by one of that child’s parents?
  4. I teach an immersion class. Do I fill out the English or French version of the questionnaire?
  5. Why must the EDI be filled out in the second half of the year for kindergarten students?
  6. Is the EDI used to evaluate teachers?


1. How can I withdraw my child’s name from the list?

If the child is in another class at the school, has left the school or has never been enrolled at the school, you must fill out questions 1 to 15 under the “Demographics” tab. You will then be asked to record and submit the questionnaire without having to fill the rest of it out.

If you would like to have the name of a child removed from the list that was added by mistake, you must contact Statistique Québec.

2. There are two kindergarten teachers in my class. Which of us fills out the questionnaires?

Ideally, only one teacher should fill out the EDI questionnaires to ensure coherence among the questionnaires for children in the same class. However, if the class is a double class, that is, there are two classes sharing the same room, then the teacher assigned to a given child must fill out the questionnaire for that child.

3. What do I do if I have filled out and submitted a questionnaire for a child, but later receive the refusal form signed by one of that child’s parents?

You do not have to delete a questionnaire you have already filled out if the child’s parents withdraw their consent. All of that child’s data will be deleted by Statistique Québec. Please note that you will have to send us all of the refusal forms, preferably before May 15, 2017. If you receive a refusal form for a child prior to filling out that child’s questionnaire, check off the box next to question 0 in the “Demographics” tab.

4. I teach an immersion class. Do I fill out the English or French version of the questionnaire?

French immersion teachers in an anglophone school must fill out the questionnaires in English, basing their observations of the children’s skills in English. Inversely, English immersion teachers at a francophone school must fill out the questionnaires in French, basing their observations of the children’s skills in French

We ask that teachers answer the questions about language to the best of their ability, even if they have not had the opportunity to observe a child’s skills or evaluate certain of his or her competencies in the language of the school, which differs from the language of immersion.

Every child in the class must be evaluated in the same language, even if doing so could disadvantage some of the children, who may only be exposed to that language for the first time.

5. Why must the EDI be filled out in the second half of the year for kindergarten students?

During the first part of the year in kindergarten, the teachers learned to know their students very well, and it is by drawing on this knowledge that they could easily fill out a questionnaire for each student. Furthermore, children who were struggling in the first part of the year on account of their unfamiliarity with the school environment or teaching language have a chance to catch up to their peers.

6. Is the EDI used to evaluate teachers?

The EDI is not a teacher evaluation tool. It contains no questions about teaching techniques, teaching practices or pedagogical knowledge, nor does it serve to evaluate the student-teacher relationship or teaching quality.

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