TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The latest test scores from EQAO demonstrate that innovative programs and policies combined with dedicated teachers and staff, are working to benefit students. However, innovative ideas to improve classroom learning must be continually implemented if we are to continue to improve student learning in future years.
One area where we can improve is the diagnostic assessment of students, says OECTA President Kevin O'Dwyer.
"Our members are committed to ongoing assessment of students and value diagnostic tests as one part of an effective and balanced assessment program," says O'Dwyer, However, the frequency and nature of diagnostic tests imposed by school boards that simply duplicate the EQAO tests has resulted in a testing culture that prevents teachers from making meaningful and purposeful assessment decisions and takes time away from teaching."
By signing on to the Memorandum of Agreement with the government, teachers in the Catholic education system are assured a voice in the decision-making process about the types and frequency of the assessments they use in their classroom. This allows them to tailor their assessment practices to the diverse needs of their particular classroom so it most benefits student learning.
Says O'Dwyer, "Greater autonomy for teachers to choose and administer the appropriate tests to students at the appropriate time will ensure that valuable classroom time will be focused on helping students do even better in the future."
OECTA represents the 43,000 professional women and men who teach all grades in publicly funded English Catholic schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association
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