Improving Student Achievement In Remote Schools
McGuinty Government Improves Access To Resources And Student Achievement
Ontario is taking the unique needs of twenty small school authorities into consideration by incorporating them with existing district school boards.
Students and teachers from the small school authorities often don't have access to the same resources and supports as their counterparts at larger district school boards, resulting in below average student achievement. This new structure will increase support for Aboriginal students and will give all teachers and students greater access to the tools and resources they need to succeed and help improve student achievement.
In addition, the ministry is currently holding consultations with three school authorities in the lower James Bay area to discuss potential changes to their governance to improve supports for teachers and students. The three local school authorities serve about 720 students.
- Enrolment at the 20 school authorities ranges from two to 190 students.
- The school authorities will be amalgamated with 15 district school boards.
- The amalgamations will take effect on September 1, 2009.
“By amalgamating these 20 school authorities with existing district school boards, we are giving better support to teachers and students.”
“We saw immediate benefits after Mine Centre District School Area Board was amalgamated with Rainy River District School Board last year. Students in all schools are now benefiting tremendously with greater support from their teachers and an increased level of cultural awareness.”