Minister's Statement on Release of the Review of Assessment and Reporting
Indira Naidoo-Harris, Minister of Education, released the following statement today on the Independent Review of Student Assessment and Reporting:
Ontario's publicly funded education system is among the best in the world. Our students are graduating at the highest rates in our history and are outperforming other jurisdictions in international assessments. To equip students to face new challenges, last September we announced a multi-year plan to give students and parents better information about a child's progress and modernize our curriculum and assessment tools, including new provincial report cards. As part of that work, we commissioned an Independent Review of Student Assessment and Reporting, led by Dr. Carol Campbell and five advisors.
The review's recommendations set out a vision for truly transformational change in our assessment approach. The province will work with education sector partners to move forward on the recommendations for strengthening classroom assessment and reporting. We will further consult this fall with parents, educators and other education partners on the recommendations related to EQAO, to develop the next steps.
This report provides comprehensive feedback, but as the education advisors point out, it does not include sufficient feedback from Indigenous communities. The advisors also heard that there were diverse perspectives on how the next steps should materialize, requiring further consultation with education partners.
I am confident that we will be able to modernize EQAO in a way that prioritizes student success. Our schools are the foundation for a caring and competitive Ontario. This report will help us further improve our publicly funded education system so that every student in Ontario is able to reach their full potential. I would like to thank Dr. Carol Campbell and the advisors for their thoughtful report.