YITS Cohort A - High School Characteristics

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Variable General Description PISA Code
School Identifier The key variable can be used to link school information to the student's file. SCHOOLID
Province Province where the school is located. PROVDV
Language System Language of the school system within the province and a stratum variable when applicable. LANGSCH, PROVLANG
School Location Administrator's report on the community population size where the school is located. School location SC01Q01
Urban/rural status of the area where the school is located as defined by Statistics Canada. EAURBRUR, URBRURMZ
School Demographics The number of girls/boys enrolled in the school, the total enrollment, and the percentage of girls. SC02Q01:02, SCHLSIZE, PCGIRLS
School Type (ownership) Ownership of the school (public or private) and the funding sources of the school SC03Q01, SC04Q01:04, SCHLTYPE
School Type (religion) Whether the school is with or without religious affiliation SC23Q01
Grade Levels Grade levels offering in the school SC05Q01:14
Instructional Time Instructional time for 15-year-old students in the school and derived hours of schooling per year. SC06Q01:03, TOTHRS
Admission Policy Factors considered when students are admitted to the school. SC07Q01:07
Program Destination Percentage of 15-year-olds in study programs with different destinations towards further education or labor-market SC08Q01:06
Program Determinant Importance of factors in determining the study program of grade 10 students in the school. SC09Q01:05
Transfer Factors Factors may result in the transfer of a grade 10 student in the school to another school. SC10Q01:06
Quality of School Physical Infrastructure School principals' reports on the extent to which learning by 15-year-olds in their school was hindered by: poor condition of buildings; poor heating and cooling and/or lighting systems; and, lack of instructional space. An index is derived from the above information. SC11Q01:03, SCMATBUI
Quality of Schools' Material Educational Resources School principals' reports on the extent to which learning by 15-year-olds in their school was hindered by: lack of instructional material; not enough computers for instruction; lack of instructional materials in the library; lack of multi-media resources for instruction; inadequate science laboratory equipment; and, inadequate facilities for the fine arts. An index of the quality of schools' educational resources is derived after. SCQ04:09, SCMATEDU
Special Resources Availability of special courses for gifted students or low achievers, special tutoring and room for doing homework with staff help SC12Q01:05
Computer Facilities Number of computers in school; the availability of computers to 15-year-old students, teachers, and administrative staff; connection of computers to internet or intranet; and derived indices for each aspect. SC13Q01:06, RATCOMP, PERCOMP1:5
Staffing and Quality of Human Educational Resources Full-time and part-time teacher composition, student-teacher ratio, teachers' education level and qualification for each type of course, and professional development of teachers. SC14Q01:18, STRATIO, PROPQUAL, PROPCERT, PROPREAD, PROPMATH, PROPSCIE, SC15Q01
Evaluation of Students Type of evaluation used to assess students, frequency of communication on students' performance to parents, principal and administrators and the usage of evaluations of students. SC16Q01:05, SC17Q01:03, SC18Q01:06
Teacher-Related Factors Affecting School Climate Principals' reports on the extent to which the learning by 15-year-olds was hindered by: low expectation of teachers; poor student-teacher relations; teachers not meeting individual students' needs; teacher absenteeism; staff resisting change; teacher being too strict with students; and students not being encouraged to achieve their full potential. An index is derived for principals' perceptions of teacher-related factors affecting school climate. TEACBEHA, SC19Q01, SC19Q03, SC19Q07, SC19Q08, SC19Q11, SC19Q14, SC19Q16
Student-related factors affecting school climate Principals' reports on the extent to which learning by 15-year-olds in their school was hindered by: student absenteeism; disruption of classes by students; students skipping classes; students lacking respect for teachers; the use of alcohol or illegal drugs; and students intimidating or bullying other students. An index is derived for principals' perceptions of student-related factors affecting school climate STUDBEHA, SC19Q02, SC19Q06, SC19Q09, SC19Q10, SC19Q13, SC19Q15
Teachers' Morale and Commitment The extent to which school principals agreed with the following statements: the morale of the teachers in this school is high; teachers work with enthusiasm; teachers take pride in this school; and, teachers value academic achievement. An index was derived for principals' perceptions of teachers' morale and commitment TCMORALE, SC20Q01:04
Teacher Shortage The principals' views on how much learning by 15-year-old students was hindered by: shortage or inadequacy of teachers in general and in each type of courses in language, math, and science. An index is derived from these information. tcshort, SC21Q01:04
School Autonomy and Teacher Autonomy School principals' reports on the person who had the main responsibility for issues of administration, staffing, compensation, financing, admission, teaching material and course portfolio. A PISA index of school autonomy is derived from the number of categories that principals classified as not being a school responsibility. Also, a index of teacher autonomy was derived from the number of categories that principals classified as being mainly the responsibility of teachers. SC22Q01:12, SCHAUTON, TCHPARTI
Semestered Program Whether the school offers a semestered program to grade 10 students.
Working Experience Program Proportion of enrollment of students in a working related course/program and the selection policy for that program. SC25AQ01, SC25BQ01:09
Special Program Whether the school offers and focuses on special programs, such as language immersion program, second language program, arts/sports targeted program, trade/vocational program, program targeting low achievers or gifted students, and alternative program. SC26Q01a:b, SC26Q02a:b, SC26Q03a:b, SC26Q04a:b, SC26Q05a:b, SC26Q06a:b, SC26Q07a:b, SC26Q08a:b, SC26Q09a:b, SC26Q10a:b, SC26Q11a:b
Partnership with Business Whether school has an ongoing partnership with business and benefits the business provided through the partnership, ranging from learning materials, working opportunities, to funding SC28AQ01, SC28BQ01:08
Graduates' Destination principal reported percentage of last year's gradates went on to university; college, CEGEP or other post-secondary; or other destination SC29Q01:05
Efforts to help at risk students and school drop-outs Efforts to help at risk students stay in school or encourage dropouts to return to school through various methods: contacting parents, closing monitoring, incentives for better performance, tutoring by teacher and by peer, alternative or flexible program, work education, counselling for personal/academic/career issues, recommendations and referral, childcare, etc. S30AQ01:02, S30BQ01a:b, S30BQ02a:b, S30BQ03a:b, S30BQ04a:b, S30BQ05a:b, S30BQ06a:b, S30BQ07a:b, S30BQ08a:b, S30BQ09a:b, S30BQ10a:b, S30BQ11a:b, S30BQ12a:b, S30BQ13a:b, S30BQ14a:b
School Weight The school base weight, which has been adjusted for school non-response. Please see codebook for details. wnrschbw

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