OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

OSSTF/FEESO - Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation

June 10, 2009 13:15 ET

OSSTF: Education Investment Equals More Student Success

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 10, 2009) - The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) released the results of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) today. The results indicate that 85% of fully participating first-time eligible students writing the test across the province met the literacy standard for reading and writing based on The Ontario Curriculum. The results for students enrolled in academic English courses increased to 96% from 94%. However, there was no increase among students enrolled in applied English courses with the success rate remaining at 62%. The largest increase in the success rate was among English language learners from 50 to 66%. The OSSLT results prove that additional investments in education, resulting in increased staffing levels and more individual student attention, contribute positively to student achievement.

However, the OSSLT results also indicate that more than one in five grade 10 students continue to struggle with literacy or were not able to attempt the test in Grade 10. These concerns must be addressed. OSSTF/FEESO wants to ensure that students graduate from high school with the requisite skills and knowledge to prepare them for their next destination. "OSSTF/FEESO is convinced that the combination of increased individual attention along with additional resources dedicated to students will contribute to a continued improvement in student success as well as students' OSSLT results," stated Ken Coran, President of the Ontario Secondary Teachers Federation (OSSTF/FEESO).

EQAO has acknowledged that these assessments should be taken in context and that "the quality of schools should not be judged according to EQAO data alone. EQAO results provide a 'snapshot' of how students are achieving at one point in time and do not fully represent the richness and depth of multi-faceted schools and their students." Coran added that "it is the true assessment on a daily basis, by qualified educators using the appropriate assessment and evaluation techniques that respect the principles of credit integrity, that provide students and parents with valuable feedback on the student's progress."

"The EQAO results should be used for diagnostic purposes and to assist in making true improvements to the education system and not as a tool to rank schools. This ranking may be what captures the attention of the press and the public but it does a disservice to the students and their schools. We want all students to reach their potential and have the necessary attention and resources to succeed. We want to put students first and not focus on ensuring their schools are ranked first," concluded Coran.

OSSTF/FEESO, founded in 1919, has 60,000 members across Ontario. They include public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel, attendance counsellors, and many others in education.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
    Ken Coran
    (416) 751-8300 or 1-800-267-7867