Standardized Tests Get A Failing Grade

    Classroom assessments the best judge of student performance say teachers

    TORONTO, Sept. 19 /CNW/ - Parents should not judge the quality of their
child's school based on EQAO test results, says the president of the
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
    ETFO President David Clegg was commenting on the test scores released
today by the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
    "A standardized test given once a year, even a very long one like the
EQAO, cannot possibly assess the full range of student learning, critical
thinking, or many of the skills and knowledge outlined in the provincial
curriculum," explained Clegg.
    "Teachers know that classroom assessment is one of the most valuable
tools for improving student learning. It is at the heart of good teaching and
student learning," Clegg said.
    "Every day, in every classroom, teachers assess how students are doing,
tailor their teaching to student needs, report back to parents, and provide
children with the skills they need to succeed."
    Clegg stressed that students need more time learning and less time on
standardized tests.
    "EQAO expenses are currently more than $30 million a year. Resources used
to create, administer and mark the tests would be better spent supporting
students and teachers in the classroom.
    "We want parents to understand that schools teach a great deal more than
what any single standardized test can measure. Schools not only teach children
to read, write and do mathematics, but also how to appreciate the arts, live
in a multicultural community, and protect the environment, none of which can
be measured by an EQAO test."

    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); Larry Skory, ETFO Communications, (416)
962-3836 (Office), (416) 948-0195 (Cell)

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