Helping Students Succeed To Strengthen Ontario's Economy
TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals will offer voluntary
summer learning programs across the province to help struggling
elementary students succeed.
"Voluntary summer learning programs will help struggling students stay
engaged in learning so they come back in September ready to go," said
Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education in the Ontario Liberal
The summer learning programs will give students in Grades 1-3 the chance
to improve their reading, writing and math skills so they're ready to
take on the next grade.
Typically students' skills decline in the summer months when they are
out of the classroom — having them engaged in learning during the
summer will keep their knowledge sharp.
About 7,500 students will be able to take advantage of the new learning
programs which will be available in schools across the province. It's
part of the Ontario Liberal plan to build a strong workforce by helping
our youngest students get the possible start.
Supporting our struggling students will help us reach our goal of at
least 75% of students achieving and exceeding our standards in
Under the last PC government, Ontario experienced eight years of cuts
and chaos and conflict. Now, with a $14 billion hole in their platform
and the threat of unspecified cuts to programs like full-day
kindergarten to come, the Hudak PCs are at it again — putting education
and students at risk.
The disappointing NDP platform doesn't even mention education. With an
opposition determined to drag Ontario's schools backwards, Ontario
Liberals are the only party with a positive, forward-looking plan for
"Today, our students have higher test score and more students are
graduating than ever before. We've achieved these results by working
together," said Dombrowsky.
"We know there's more to do, so we'll continue to support kids who need
help the most."
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SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS
Ontario Liberals have been working hard to build the most educated
workforce in the world — from full-day kindergarten to university,
college and apprenticeships.
We want every student to have the opportunity to succeed — and we're
going to give them the support they need.
In 2010, Ontario Liberals began offering summer learning programs to
students at GTA, northern and rural school boards as a pilot. The two
week programs were delivered by teachers and aimed at students entering
Grade 2 and 3, to help them get caught up with their peers.
The new summer learning programs will be available in every school board
for students in Grades 1-3. About 7,500 students will benefit from the
program at 250 schools throughout the province.
The programs will help struggling students in elementary schools boost
their reading, writing and math skills so that they are ready to
succeed in the next grade.
Supporting our struggling students will help us reach our shared goals
of at least 75% of students achieving and exceeding our provincial
standard in test scores.
SUMMER LEARNING LOSS
Experts say that summer learning loss results from a gap in learning
during the summer months.
Many students experience some kind of learning loss when they do not
engage in educational activities during the summer. In fact, research
shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the
end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning
of the summer
In 2008, the Canadian Council on Learning found that on average summer
learning loss cost students one month of teaching. The 2004 report
"Schools, Achievement, and Inequality: A Seasonal Perspective" also
found that students from at-risk communities experience more summer
learning loss than others.
The current school year calendar - used throughout North America - means
that during the summer students disengage from the classroom. When
they return in September, teachers must go back over lessons from the
previous grade, reintroducing concepts and ideas before the new
curriculum can be taught.
Keeping our kids engaged in learning during the summer will combat
summer learning loss — so they can return to school in September ready
to pick up where they left off.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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