Pandemic, labour disruptions raise questions about 2020 report cards

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Date Published: June 7, 2020

Source: City News

Ontario’s teachers have not yet written year-end report cards for students. The Ministry of Education informed teachers that no student’s marks could decline from levels attained at the time school closures occurred in mid-March. End-of-semester grades would be based on three months of online learning and six weeks of in-person instruction before closures. The in-person classes were themselves disrupted by a series of rotating, one-day teacher strikes across Ontario during labour negotiations between the government and the teacher’s union. Parents, teachers, and students share concerns that the pending report card lacks real meaning and would not give students a realistic assessment of their recent academic progress, or ability to take on more advanced material in the following year.

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Summary by: Ming Li