The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire that provides information about children's overall development as a result of their experiences in the first five years of life.
Information is collected on individual children and the data from the questionnaires is analyzed and reported at a population level. The EDI is not a measure of how children are doing as a result of their kindergarten program. Parents and teachers do not receive results and reports for individual children.
The 103 item questionnaire asks kindergarten teachers to rate the development of children in their classrooms. The questionnaire covers five different areas of early childhood development:
Alberta completed the province-wide collection of Early Development Instrument (EDI) data in February/March 2016. A second province-wide collection is being planned for 2019.
Parents may choose whether or not their child is included in the EDI collection.