Ivan Holloway, Research Associate, Frontier Centre for Public Policy According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 10% of Canadian university graduates are functionally illiterate. What is wrong with our education system? Could it be true that one …
While the annual cost per student in the Milwaukee Public Schools is about $9,500, many of the private schools that participate in the city’s voucher program had trouble spending even half that amount.
The signs are various and clear: Manitoba’s education policies are slumping.
In the mid-1990s the former Conservative government introduced standards tests for students in Grades 3, 6, 9, and 12. These tests were designed to reflect the widespread concern that learning outcomes needed to be assessed at various stages during the educational lives of students.
This paper will examine the question of standards testing in public schools. What is its purpose? Are standards tests an effective and acceptable tool for measuring public school performance? Should we keep them or discard them?
Teachers’ unions have traditionally opposed the idea of school choice, which they see as a direct threat to our system of universal primary and secondary education.
Locally elected school boards have occupied centre stage in the provision of education in Canada from the inception of public schools. But are they really necessary?