Trillium Lakelands District School Board Statement:
Currently both Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) continue job action during the school day, which currently does not impact students and families.
OSSTF has indicated that supervision by teachers of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) Grade 9 math assessment, scheduled for January, will be part of the provincial job action. All Ontario students who are enrolled in a grade 9 applied or grade 9 academic mathematics courses are normally required to take the EQAO Grade 9 math assessment.
The EQAO is an independent provincial agency funded by the Government of Ontario. EQAO’s mandate is to conduct province-wide tests at key points in every students’ education, and report the results to educators, parents, and the public. EQAO measures students’ achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in relation to Ontario Curriculum expectations.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) will not be able to administer the Grade 9 EQAO math assessment without teacher supervision. The Grade 9 EQAO math assessment will be postponed for all TLDSB secondary schools until normal circumstances prevail. As this will impact final mark calculations for students, the final 30 percent of Grade 9 math marks will be a combination of a culminating activity and the final exam as per the Ministry of Education Growing Success document.