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Ontario students fall short of standards

68% of students meet reading, writing and math standard, government wants 75%


The world might be content with a passing grade, but Ontario has set its sights higher, Premier Dalton McGuinty said yesterday in defending why a two-year-old target for standardized test scores has not been met.

Figures released by the Education Quality and Accountability Office show 68 per cent of students in Grades 3 and 6 are meeting the standards in reading, writing and math, up from 67 per cent in the previous year. But that’s still short of the 75 per cent target the governing Liberals wanted to meet for Grade 6 students by 2008.

Speaking at a newly constructed school in Kitchener, McGuinty said that in other parts of the country and the world the standard is simply passing.  In Ontario the standard is a B, or 70 per cent. “If we said the Ontario standard was going to be a C, or 60 per cent, 93 per cent of Ontario students are meeting that standard right now,” McGuinty said.

McGuinty said his government set its sights on that level so students will be well equipped for post-secondary study. “We want them to have the tools and the level of proficiency so they can actually graduate from high school and, if they so choose, go on to an apprenticeship, college or university,” he said.

The Canadian Press


Ontario students fall short of standards

  1. I cannot believe it is true.
    Instead of raising the quality of education, we make lower the passing score.
    Those liberals try to invent their own reality instead of improving the faults.

  2. What will happen is what has happened in the UK with GCSEs:
    1. the standards lowered enough for more students to pass
    2. students not taught how/why things work, only how to pass the exam. Gone are critical thinking skills.

  3. Surprise, surprise…Anyone teaching at universities in Ontario have noticed this trend. Sure increased high school graduation rates are a political feel-good issue, but it’s just passing the buck onward and upward.