People for Education brings an independent, evidence-based voice to policy tables and the public. We conduct our own research, and we collaborate with other researchers, universities, and subject experts to support positive change in public education.
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Broader measures of success: Measuring what matters in education
The launch report for Measuring What Matters, a project proposing five dimensions of learning that, alongside academic achievement, might be part of a more comprehensive set of indicators of success.
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education: Overcoming gaps in provincially funded schools
This report uses data from our annual Ontario School Survey to identify and address some of the gaps in Indigenous education in provincially funded schools.
The TDSB Grade 9 cohort 2006-2011: Trend data
This series of fact sheets examines the graduation rate and post-secondary attendance of students in the Grade 9 cohort from 2006- 2011.
Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries
Four decades of research from Canada, the U.S., and Australia indicates that well-staffed, well-stocked, and well-used school libraries are correlated with increases in student achievement.
Progression in creativity: Developing new forms of assessment
This research paper explores the possibility of creating an assessment framework for tracking the development of students' creativity in schools.
The Drummond Commission Report: Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services, 2012
In 2012, the Ontario government established a public service review to provide an overview of Ontario’s fiscal situation and a set of recommendations about how to balance Ontario’s budget and improve the sustainability of public…
Doing what matters most: How parents can help their children succeed at school
We reviewed thirty years of research on parent involvement, and the kind of involvement that makes the biggest difference to students’ chances for success in school isn’t what most parents might expect.
Special Education Follow-up on VFM Section 3.14, 2008 Annual Report
This report from the Auditor-General follows up on the recommendations made in its 2008 report on special education services.
The Impact of New York’s School Libraries on Student Achievement and Motivation
This article examines the results of the first phase of the New York State School Library Impact Study.
The Parent Inclusion Manual
What helps parents feel connected to their children’s schools? This manual includes research on parent involvement, and features tips and ideas from parent and community organizations to support parent engagement at school.
We have two major research initiatives: Measuring What Matters and the Ontario School Survey.
Measuring What Matters
We are working with experts from across Canada to create broader goals and more effective measures of success in education.
Annual School Survey
Since 1997, we have been collecting data on the programs and resources available in Ontario’s publicly funded schools.