Making Student Achievement Our Top Priority



    McGuinty Government Moves To Improve School Boards

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The McGuinty government is proposing amendments to the Education Act that
would make student achievement the number one priority for all school boards.
    The Education Act, as it now reads, outlines a long list of requirements
and responsibilities - everything from putting up fences to buying milk.
However, the most important goal for Ontario parents - improving student
achievement - is never mentioned.
    The proposed Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act would
clarify what is expected from school boards, trustees, board chairs and
directors of education. It would also promote sound financial management by
establishing audit committees and creating a provincial code of conduct for
trustees.
    The legislation addresses many of the recommendations made by the
Governance Review Committee
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/grc/review.html) in its recently
released report.

    QUOTES

    "We need our students at their very best, and we need every school board
focused on the same priorities."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario

    "Trustees are vital partners in boosting student achievement and these
changes make it clear that we're counting on them to make a difference."
    - Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Across Ontario, 65 per cent of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students are
        achieving at or above the provincial standard in reading, writing and
        math skills - up 11 percentage points since 2003. The government's
        goal is to have 75 per cent of students at or above the provincial
        standard.

    -   The province is committed to achieving an 85 per cent graduation rate
        by 2010-11. Last year, 77 per cent of Ontario students graduated with
        a high school diploma. This represents an increase of nine percentage
        points compared to 2003-04.

    -   Since 2003-04, increases in the graduation rate have meant that
        36,000 more students earned a high school diploma.

    LEARN MORE
    See test results (http://www.eqao.com/categories/home.aspx?Lang=E) for
schools in your area.
    Find out more about the Student Achievement and School Board Governance
Act (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/nr/09.05/bg0507.html).

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