NDP Promises to End Student Testing



    Dismiss student achievement

    QUEEN'S PARK, ON, March 13 /CNW/ - Yesterday NDP Leader Howard Hampton
spoke to the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association and pledged to do
away with standardized student testing calling them a "deluge of bureaucratic
material" and saying it was "most critical" to scrap them.
    "Ontario parents support testing students, and so do McGuinty Liberals,"
said Liberal MPP Liz Sandals. "Standardized testing allows us to see where we
are having success and where we need to focus on improvement."
    Responding to a question yesterday, Hampton said:
    "And so what I hear from teachers is 'look, stop the deluge of
bureaucratic material that keeps hitting me, please recognize that teaching to
the test has no future to it. That as long as we continue to have a
standardized test that is more about making a political statement and less
about how students are really doing, the more trouble we're going to get
into."
    Sandals pointed out the irony of the NDP calling standardized tests
'political statements' as it was the NDP government that established the
Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) which independently
operates and administers Ontario standardized tests. The EQAO was established
in response to the NDP's Royal Commission on Learning recommendation to
establish standardized testing.
    Since taking office in October 2003, the McGuinty Liberals have invested
an additional $2.7 Billion in our classrooms, boosting per pupil investments
by almost 20%. In the same time, average student test scores have increased by
10%.
    "Students are doing better, parents are more involved and teachers are
spending their time teaching as a result of changes by the McGuinty Liberals,"
said Sandals. "The NDP voted against those investments and now want to do away
with student testing. Whose side are they on?"





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