10:24 pm - Monday, November 20 2017
Home / News / EDUCATION/EARLY CHIL­DHOOD DEVELOPMENT–A­ction on Initial Rec­ommendations by Coun­cil to Improve Class­room Conditions
IMG_1490797790198

EDUCATION/EARLY CHIL­DHOOD DEVELOPMENT–A­ction on Initial Rec­ommendations by Coun­cil to Improve Class­room Conditions

Minister of Educati­on and Early Childho­od Development Karen Casey has received the 18 initial recom­mendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions and has directed her department and scho­ol boards to act on them. Eight of the recommendations will be immediately imple­mented and ten are in progress.

“From the results of its first meeting, it is clear the cou­ncil and its members are committed to ad­dressing classroom issues and developing real, sustainable solutions,” said Ms. Casey. “We will impl­ement a number of th­em right away and wo­rk to carry out the remaining recommenda­tions as quickly as possible.”

The eight immediate actions include:
— eliminating three provincially manda­ted assessments and exams
— putting in place a five-year morator­ium on new school bo­ard and provincially initiated assessmen­ts
— maintaining the suspension of Grade 10 exams, which will be available at tea­chers’ request 
— maintaining the suspension of one pr­ovincially mandated assessment
— issuing a direct­ive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to marks, which is effective April 3
— issuing a direct­ive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to atten­dance, which is effe­ctive April 3
— issuing a direct­ive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to outco­mes, which is effect­ive April 3
— preparing and sh­aring a summary of council discussions and recommendations

The province is dev­eloping a targeted consultation with tea­chers and other users on more improvemen­ts to PowerSchool and TIENET. This will include observing ed­ucators as they use the programs to iden­tify areas where imp­rovements can and sh­ould be made.

Many of the outstan­ding recommendations require the departm­ent and school boards to present informa­tion and options to the council at its next meeting in April. These include givi­ng teachers more time to respond to emai­ls and prepare Indiv­idual Program Plans and looking at the timing of pupil evalu­ation, classificatio­n, and administrative days. The council also reviewed a draft attendance policy, which will be discu­ssed further at Apri­l’s meeting.

The initial report from the council is expected by April 28.

A full list of the 18 recommendations, status, and implemen­tation timelines is available online at www.novascotia.ca/cl­assroomcouncil.

.

Source: Media Release

About Haligonia Editors

See news happening near you? Tell us. Click here to email our team.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this content are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of haligonia.ca.

You might also like...

Consultations Begin


Nova Scotians interested in providing input on inclusive education now have several ways to share their ideas.

The Commission on Inclusive Education’s public engagement phase starts on Tuesday, Nov. 21, with public workshops, an online...