Assessment and Evaluation


Early Development Instrument

The first five years of children's lives are very important in preparing them for future success in school and life. Ensuring that children get the best start in life is one of the key reasons Manitoba uses the Early Development Instrument (EDI).

The EDI is a questionnaire that was developed by researchers at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. It identifies Kindergarten children's strengths and needs, so that informed decisions can be made to support early child development and school readiness.

The questionnaire is completed by Kindergarten teachers in the second half of the school year. It measures "school readiness" in five domains of early child development, including:

  • physical health and well-being
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive development
  • communication skills and general knowledge

The EDI also measures how a community of Kindergarten children is doing compared to children in other communities or provinces.



Manitoba's Presentations at the Pan-Canadian EDI Conference (November 2009)

Provincial Reporting

Every two years, in early spring, Manitoba students in Kindergarten undergo a classroom-based provincial assessment that measures "school readiness" in five domains of early child development. The EDI questionnaire, guide, teachers' manual, and teacher training presentation are provided by the Offord Centre for Child Studies and used by teachers when reporting achievement results for this assessment.