Should Ontario scrap the EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office) test? Does the data gathered from the test results have any positive impact on our education system and the children it supports?
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the union representing the province’s 78,000 teachers and educational workers, is demanding that the standardized tests be eliminated.
The union’s president, Sam Hammond, told the Toronto Sun’s Christina Blizzard HERE that “we really do not need (the EQAO).”
“(it) didn’t happen this past May and the world didn’t stop.”
Hammond believes that teachers do daily assessments of students in the classroom, and can provide more direct insight than a general test. The union president feels that EQAO tests carry too much weight when classroom curriculum is decided.
Labour issues in 2015 meant that 70% of the province’s Grade 3 and 6 English-language students did not write the test.
Blizzard suggests that replace EQAO testing with school inspectors who visit each educational institution, observe classes, and review everybody involved in a school’s daily operation.
Do you think the EQAO is helpful? Do you use standardized test results and Fraser Institute reports to decide which school to send your offspring to?
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