Ontario Providing Students with More Math Support
Students Benefiting from More Math Instruction, New Technologies
Ontario is providing a variety of resources both inside and outside the classroom to help students improve their achievement in math.
Today, Education Minister Mitzie Hunter met with students and teachers at St. Mary Elementary School in Oakville to discuss a variety of initiatives underway to increase math achievement.
Ontario has taken a number of steps to support students and parents, including:
- Implementing an improved math strategy that ensures teachers in Grades 1 to 8 now spend 60 minutes per day focusing on effective instruction in math. The strategy also includes having up to three math lead teachers in all elementary schools, and opportunities for educators to deepen their knowledge in math learning, teaching and leading, including a dedicated math Professional Development Day.
- Supporting TVO mPower, a creative, game-based math resource developed in partnership with Ontario teachers and students. It fosters positive attitudes towards math in children from Kindergarten through Grade 6, while developing foundational numeracy and math skills in the classroom. mPower will continue to be rolled out in classrooms this year as a free tool to strengthen learning, understanding, and real world application of the Ontario math curriculum.
Strengthening math skills for students across the province is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Ontario invested $60 million in the renewed math strategy, which ensures educators have access to the supports they need to teach a curriculum that develops conceptual understanding, fluency with basic facts, and ability to apply mathematics to solve problems.
- Since 2014, Ontario’s two-year teacher education program has put more emphasis on teaching math for new teachers, and has supported more than 6,000 teachers in earning additional qualifications in math. The province will continue to offer financial support to teachers to pursue intensive professional learning in math.
- Ontario students (age 15) continue to perform above the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average in all three Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) domains - science, reading and mathematics - and Canada remains a top performer among OECD countries.
“Strong math skills are crucial to helping young learners succeed in school and later on in life. Math literacy is key to the jobs of the future and creating a skilled workforce, which will ultimately strengthen Ontario’s economy and enable the province to compete globally.”
“TVO mPower is now in the hands of more than 29,000 students across the province. We are excited to impact more and more students as teachers continue to incorporate this student-centered, assessment-driven, digital learning tool into their classrooms. TVO is proud to support the reinvention of learning by supporting the needs of Ontario’s young learners in math achievement.”
Lisa de Wilde