The Province is making a couple changes with elementary school standardized tests but not what teachers would like to see.
Education Minister Mike Bernier says grade four and seven Foundation Skills Assessment tests will now be written in the fall instead of the winter.
“This will give teachers and parents lots of time to look at mechanisms to support those students to ensure that we bring them to the levels that they are supposed to be at.”
Bernier says a modernized test will also reflect curriculum changes.
But President of the Vancouver Elementary Teachers’ Association, Chloe McKnight, says teachers maintain their dislike of standardized testing and how the data is used for ranking by organizations like the Fraser Institute.
“This new FSA isn’t anything that we have any more faith in. We’ve got big concerns with how that data is used and shared.”
The education Minister says the new approach will let parents and teachers know earlier if a student has a problem that needs to be dealt with.
An extra year to implement the new curriculum
President of the Vancouver Secondary Teacher’s Association, Rory Brown, says Thursday’s announcement put smiles on the faces of secondary school teachers.
He says the extension is great news.
“Teachers have been saying that they need more time to make this new curriculum, which we are really excited about, to make it work properly.”
He says this gives teachers time to make sure they have scheduling done properly and appropriate exams.