Education system has improved, elementary teachers say



    TORONTO, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - EQAO test scores do not provide an adequate
measure of the improvement in Ontario's education system, the president of the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario said today.
    David Clegg was commenting on the results of provincial tests released by
the Ontario government yesterday. The federation continues to point out the
weaknesses in the EQAO scores.
    "These tests measure a student's ability in a couple of specific areas at
a single point in time. They do not measure the important lessons children
learn in school, such as respect, citizenship and creative thinking.
    "Likewise they are not an adequate measure of Ontario's education
system," Clegg added.
    "We have seen significant improvements in education in Ontario in the
last four years," Clegg said. "Class sizes are smaller, teachers have better
working conditions, and there's an increased emphasis on professional
development.
    "The atmosphere of respect and cooperation from this government has done
much to rebuild public education in Ontario," Clegg said. "Clearly, they
believe in public education and understand that teachers are the foundation of
our system."

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 70,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the province
and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.





For further information:

For further information: David Clegg, President, ETFO, (416) 962-3836
(Office), (416) 948-1592 (Cell), Johanna Brand, Communications Officer, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-2554 (Cell)

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