The Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) is a self-report questionnaire that asks children in Grades 4 through 8 about their thoughts, feelings and experiences in school and in the community.
The MDI questionnaire is slightly different for each age group. For example, it has 77 questions for Grades 4 and 5 and 101 questions for Grades 6, 7, and 8, with additional questions focusing on Self-Awareness, Perseverance, Assertiveness, and Citizenship and Social Responsibility.
We encourage parents and caregivers to view the questionnaires. Some families use questions from the MDI to help guide conversations about the child’s feelings and experiences in school and in the community. Some of the questions on the MDI might be on topics that are new to children and therefore might cause them to ask their parents, caregivers or teachers questions about these topics. To provide more information and background about the kinds of questions that are on the MDI we have also created an MDI Questions Brief.
BC MDI Questionnaires
|MDI Grade 4/5 Questionnaire (PDF)||MDI Grade 6/7/8 Questionnaire (PDF)|
Other MDI Questionnaires
Survey of Grade 7 and 8 Students with Child Well-being
This year, in addition to completeing the standard MDI questionnaire, children in Grade 7 in Revelstoke and Grade 8 in Coquitlam will answer questions about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions ask how the children have spent their time, if their relationships with friends and family have changed, if their worries related to the Coronavirus have changed, as well as about any positive changes in their lives during the pandemic. Please view the Survey of Grade 7 and 8 Students with Child Well-being Supplement to see all of the questions and learn more.
MDI Canada sites, including school boards in Northwest Territories, Yukon, Ontario, and Nova Scotia, may use slightly different MDI questionnaires. Please contact Maddison Spenrath to learn more about MDI Canada.
Independent schools in British Columbia may use slightly different MDI questionnaires. Please contact the MDI Implementation Team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about Independent school participation and questionnaires.