Education in Ontario Consultation

Telephone Town Hall Sessions

Aggregate Report of Quantitative Data

Introduction

This report includes a full overview of the aggregated quantitative inputs collected over 37 Telephone Town Halls, conducted between October 19 and December 6, 2018.

The data is presented by topic, and polling results include the aggregate numbers and percentages of responses across all calls where each polling question was asked.

Notes on Data Collection

Over the course of each Telephone Town Hall, observers collected and recorded data on participation numbers, including total number of participants on the call, number of participants in polling questions, and participants who provided oral comments.

Participants on every call were advised by the call moderator that the polls were not scientific and were intended to be a snapshot of the participants in the call; participants were also advised that the polling results would be included as part of the overall consultation process.

Overall participation numbers and polling data are included in this report. Not all polling questions were asked on all calls; the number of calls where each question was asked is also noted.

Due to the variable structure of the calls, commenter numbers are not included in this aggregate report, as they cannot be accurately segmented by topic.

The polling data provided in this report was manually recorded by observers. Complete data collected by the call administration system has been provided directly to the Ministry; the numbers in this report may vary slightly from the official system data.

Overall Participation Data

  • Total number of Telephone Town Halls: 37
  • English Town Halls: 34
  • French Town Halls: 3

Provincial regions represented during Telephone Town Halls:

  • Central Ontario
  • Eastern Ontario
  • Greater Toronto Area
    • East
    • North
    • West
    • Hamilton
    • Niagara
  • Northeastern Ontario
  • Northwestern Ontario
  • Ottawa (English and French)
  • Southwestern Ontario (English and French)
  • Toronto (416 area code)
  • Provincewide (French)

Total number of Telephone Town Hall participants: 2,763

English participants: 2,682

French participants: 81

Total number of pre-registered Telephone Town Hall participants: 5,181

English registrations: 5,055

French registrations: 126

Range of participants on Telephone Town Halls (largest and smallest call participant values)

GTA North, English (November 13): 295

Southwestern Region, French (November 1): 10



Table of Contents



Introductory Polls

Participants were asked a few introductory questions to ensure everyone was comfortable using the polling technology before moving into consultation-specific polling questions. These introductory questions were a modification introduced to the Telephone Town Halls in the second week. For all polling questions, participants were advised to press one on the telephone touchpad to answer 'yes', press two for 'no', or press three for 'I don't know'.

Question 1: Have you filled out the online survey or open submission form yet?

This question was asked on 28 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,557 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Have you ever participated in a tele-town hall before?

This question was asked on 21 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 887 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 1: Improving student performance in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects

There were two polling questions on this topic.

Question 1: Are Ontario’s schools doing enough to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects in elementary school?

This question was asked on 37 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,868 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Do you believe students should be learning more about STEM topics at an earlier age?

This question was asked on 13 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 484 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 2: Preparing students with needed job skills, such as skilled trades and coding

There were four polling questions on this topic, including two variations on a computer coding question.

Question 1: Do you believe schools are doing enough to promote the skilled trades or apprenticeship opportunities?

This question was asked on 35 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,663 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: How about computer coding? Do you believe it is important for students to learn coding in school?

This question was asked on 20 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 898 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 3: Do students need to learn computer coding in elementary school to be prepared for their future?

This question was asked on 3 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 61 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 4: Do you agree that the most important job skill that employers look for is communication abilities?

This question was asked on 1 Telephone Town Hall, and a total of 67 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 3: Improving provincial standardized testing

Question 1: Does Ontario need more standardized tests for its students?

This question was asked on 36 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,804 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Do you value the results of how our students perform in provincial standardized tests?

This question was asked on 11 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 465 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 4: Ensuring students graduate with important life skills, including financial literacy

Question 1: Do you think students in Ontario have the knowledge, skills and confidence to be considered financially literate?

This question was asked on 34 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,719 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Do you agree with this statement: While financial literacy is important, I believe technology will soon solve most of our current concerns.

This question was asked on 11 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 498 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 5: Managing the use of technology in classrooms, such as cell phones

Question 1: Should recreational cell phone use be banned during class time?

This question was asked on 33 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,620 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Do you believe that while cell phones may be valuable devices, students don’t really need them until high school?

This question was asked on 5 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 204 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 3: Are you concerned by the amount of time children spend on tech devices?

This question was asked on 3 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 146 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 4: Do you think classrooms are adequately equipped with the tools required to support student success?

This question was asked on 1 Telephone Town Hall, and a total of 56 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 6: Building a new age-appropriate Health and Physical Education curriculum that includes subjects like mental health, sexual health education and the legalization of cannabis

Question 1: Do you believe that the Health and Physical Education curriculum should be developed with greater input from parents?

This question was asked on 35 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,690 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Do you believe that schools provide sufficient support to address student mental health needs?

This question was asked on 12 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 457 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 3: Do you believe that our students are maturing earlier than they did 20 years ago?

This question was asked on 8 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 182 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:



Topic 7: Developing the first-ever Parents' Bill of Rights

Question 1: Do you feel it is important to have a Parents' Bill of Rights?

This question was asked on 30 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 1,228 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows:

Question 2: Do you agree with the statement: The most important principle in a Parents' Bill of Rights is ensuring the academic success of my child.

This question was asked on 5 Telephone Town Halls, and a total of 115 participants provided a response. Responses were as follows: