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?
Although it is the Manitoba blue print for educational reform, is the result of the larger educational reform movement which is occurring throughout North America. This reform movement is being driven by forces which are outside the educational system.
It’s election time in Manitoba and the Filmon Tories have made vague promises to increase spending on education. Public education, thus, maintains its sacred cow status even with the tax-cutting Conservatives.
Our one-size-fits-all public school model is in trouble.