New Math Supports and Resources for the Classroom
Ontario Government Committed to Student Success
Ontario is taking steps to help students improve and build their math skills by giving teachers and students more tools and resources.
The province will help students and educators refine their math skills by:
- Creating more opportunities for teachers to gain additional qualifications in mathematics through new professional learning workshops and summer learning programs, and partnering with school boards to increase the number of teachers with mathematics qualifications.
- Continuing to promote balanced learning that focuses on critical thinking and problem solving, and practice in basic math operations.
- Exploring how technology may be used to improve teacher instruction and student understanding of mathematics.
- Working with the Ontario College of Teachers and faculties of education to improve mathematics training in the province's new teacher education program.
- Helping parents and guardians find resources that help them support their child's mathematics learning, such as TVO's Homework Help, which provides free online math tutoring for students.
Helping students succeed in math is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people and ensure everyone has access to a world-class education.
- Ontario students continue to improve their achievement levels, with 71 per cent of grades 3 and 6 students meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math.
- As part of the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Ontario students performed at the Canadian average and above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in mathematics, reading and science.
- The province is investing $4 million to create new learning opportunities in mathematics for educators.
“Ontario has a lot to be proud of in terms of student achievement, thanks in large part to our great educators and staff. However, we know we have more work to do in the area of mathematics. The new supports will help students build and apply their math skills.”