Aug 28, 2019

By Bob Komsic

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The day after learning all new teachers in Ontario will soon have to pass a math test with a score of at least 70%, comes word the number of elementary students meeting the provincial standard in math is falling.
The latest standardized test results from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) suggest a growing number of students are falling short of expectations.

For Grade 3 students, 58% met the standard last year – 5% lower than three years ago.
Fewer than half of Grade 6 students, 48% met the standard – 2% lower than 2016.

The EQAO says research has shown that for students in those grades, their basic math skills are stronger than their ability to apply those skills to a problem.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce blames the former government’s curriculum.
”Concurrence to the introduction of that approach we saw math numbers decline.  So one would have to accept the premise that there’s a relation between the two.  What else is the reason ostensibly for such a decline,” added Lecce, who announced the government will invest $55-million in the first year of its four-year ”back to basics” math strategy, starting next week.
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