Local school boards will have the option to delay the upcoming EQAO Grade 9 test, Education Minister Stephen Lecce said Wednesday. He gave teacher job action as the reason for the postponement.
Public high school teachers in Ontario have been on a work-to-rule campaign since November and one of the stipulations was not preparing students for the Education Quality and Accountability Office test.
Lecce’s announcement came on the day thousands of public high school teachers conducted a one-day strike and the work-to-rule announcement from the province’s Catholic school teachers. The later stated that they will begin withdrawing some services including not participating in standardized testing, preparing report card comments or participating in Ministry of Education initiatives.
Given this scenario, Toronto and Peel, Ontario’s two largest school boards announced they would postpone the test.
NDP education critic Marit Stiles said the EQAO tests are outdated but accused Lecce of undermining the test by leaving the decisions up to school boards. -CINEWS