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This week I attended a public engagement session for the independent review of Ontario’s assessment and reporting practices. Early on in the session it was evident that most of the attendees were frustrated with EQAO testing and how it has changed the culture of learning and schools in the province. The facilitators tried, sometimes unsuccessfully, to […]

“In today’s increasingly interconnected world, people are often required to collaborate in order to achieve their goals. But students still typically learn individually. Schools will need to become better at preparing students to live and work in a world in which most people will need to trust and collaborate with other people.” So begins The Programme […]

This week EQAO released its review of provincial testing scores and it again raised questions about whether or the relatively poor performance of students on math is due to the curriculum or the test. This was different by the way than the interpretation that EQAO put on the results. They said the that Grade 6 results were […]

In early February of 2012 a dramatic shift occurred in a corner of the education world. Almost two months later the aftershocks are still reverberating. There’s no telling where this might lead. In 1987 The Cosby Show was the #1 show on TV, “Walk Like An Egyptian”  was the #1 song and standardized testing of students was under way in […]

Just finished report cards. As a public school teacher it is  a required part of the job, but each time I do them I question their value. It seems like a lot of work and effort to produce a document that has a limited ability to enhance learning and a great deal of potential to […]

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