Teachers Call for End of Standardized Testing in Ontario Schools

    TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Standardized testing wastes precious classroom
time and scarce resources at a time when elementary education in Ontario is
seriously underfunded, charges the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
    "The money allocated to create, administer, and mark the tests would be
better spent supporting students and teachers in the classroom," said ETFO
President David Clegg.
    Clegg was commenting on the test scores released today by the provincial
Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
    "The McGuinty government refuses to make a commitment to close the gap in
funding between elementary and secondary students. Yet it continues to spend
millions of dollars every year on tests that provide questionable benefits for
student learning."
    The government's own figures show that it provides $711 less for each
elementary student than for each secondary student. "This means our elementary
students are not getting the assistance and support they need to reach their
potential in school and later in life," said Clegg.
    "Now is the time to end standardized testing in Ontario. It is a wasteful
and unnecessary initiative," Clegg said. "While the ranking of students and
schools meets the political needs of governments and is very useful to the
real estate industry, it is not that meaningful for students and teachers.
    "A conversation with their child's teacher, not scores on provincial
tests, is the best report card on student achievement parents can get."

    The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 73,000
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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