Ontario students struggling with math, testing reveals — province announces $200 payouts, ‘action teams’
By Kristin RushowyQueen's Park Bureau
Isabel TeotonioEducation Reporter
Thu., Oct. 20, 2022 timer4 min. read
The 2021-22 results, released Thursday morning, show that just 47 per cent of Grade 6 students are meeting the provincial standard in math.Toronto Star
The province is promising “math action teams” to help struggling schools following the release of dismal scores in Ontario-wide testing, as well as regular screening in the early grades to help identify reading troubles.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce made the announcement Thursday afternoon, just hours after the Education Quality and Accountability Office posted details of last spring’s testing of students, which found 59 per cent of Grades 3 students met the provincial standard in math — equivalent to an A or B — while just 47 per cent of Grade 6 students did.
Lecce also provided details of the province’s payout to parents, a $365-million fund that will provide $200 per child up to age 18, and $250 for those with special needs up to age 21. The money is to cover private tutoring or supplies for their children — although parents aren’t expected to submit any proof of how it is spent — and applications are now being accepted online.
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