New Investments will Help Improve Math Skills
Elgin-Middlesex-London — Ontario's Government is launching a major effort to strengthen
math skills for all students in the province.
"I am proud that our government is investing $2,239,000 to help Thames Valley District
School Board's students build the math knowledge and skills they need to succeed
now and in the future," said MPP Jeff Yurek.
These local supports are part of a four-year math strategy that focuses on fundamental
math concepts and skills and how to apply them. In 2019-2020, Ontario will be supporting
the strategy with a $55-million investment. The math strategy will ensure that students
are prepared for success in the classroom and in their future, teachers are confident
and capable in teaching math, and parents and families are confident and equipped
to support their kids.
"We are listening to parents and educators. Ontario students need greater support
to strengthen their math skills to achieve success in school and into their careers.
This investment provides our young people with access to the skills they need to
enter the workforce with confidence, and further underscores our government's focus
on STEM in the classroom," said Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.
In addition to funding for TVDSB, the government is committed to helping improve
math scores by investing more than $6 million for summer initiatives throughout
TVDSB is offering a three-week, math-focused Summer Learning Program for students
in Kindergarten to Grade 5. This will help students who require additional supports
minimize summer learning loss, build confidence, increase skills, and have greater
success during the regular school year.
The Government has also launched a virtual resource, which will act as a summer
learning refresher for students and parents. The online resource, called Math at Home, will
help support student learning, mitigate against summer learning loss and ensure
parents are aware of opportunities to help prepare their child for success in math.
Other resources available throughout most of the year for students and parents include:
TVO's Mathify: Ontario Certified Teachers provide free one-on-one English-language
math tutoring for students in grades 7 to 10.
Devoirs: Ontario Certified Teachers provide free one-on-one tutoring and educational
resources in all subjects for French-language students from grades 1 to 12.
Doing Mathematics with Your Child: a guide for parents to help their children
from Kindergarten to Grade 6.
Frontier College programs: that support the development of foundational literacy
and numeracy skills of high-priority students who live in under-served communities,
including First Nations and remote communities.
Ontario's four-year math strategy is an important step towards ensuring Ontario's
publicly funded education system sets our students up for success today and tomorrow.
- Overall, provincial performance results based on the EQAO mathematics assessments
have shown a decline in recent years at the Grade 3 and Grade 6 levels in the English
language school systems.
- Over the next four years, Ontario is rolling out a revised math curriculum for all
students in all grades that will focus on the fundamentals of mathematics and how
to apply them.
- In Spring 2020, new teachers will be required to pass a math content knowledge test
before they enter the classroom in a professional capacity. This will ensure teachers
are confident and capable in teaching math.
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