Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Saturday June 24, 2017
Queen Park Priorities
What is going wrong with math in Grades 4 to 6 in Hamilton, Burlington and across the province?
Perhaps the hardest equation to solve right now in Ontario’s education system is why half of Grade 6 students are failing to meet the provincial standard with fewer succeeding each year.
“I wish I had the golden answer,” said Ian VanderBurgh, the director of the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo.
“We need to figure out why.”
In the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) a mere 42 per cent of students had the mathematics skills the Ontario curriculum expects by the end of Grade 6, according to provincial tests from 2014 to 2016.
To compare, 74 per cent of those same students meet the benchmark in reading and 73 per cent in writing.
Year-by-year results show the problem in Grade 6 math is only getting worse.
“It’s time to do a reset,” said Peter Sovran, executive superintendent of student achievement and school operations at the HWDSB.
“We are not pleased and I don’t think anyone should be pleased in the province.” (Source: Hamilton Spectator)
Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has a public opinion problem at home, and elsewhere.
She scored the highest disapproval ratings among any Canadian premier in Ontario, and across Canada, in a Mainstreet Research/Postmedia poll that was released on Thursday.
In Ontario, Wynne scored a 70 per cent disapproval rating and a 19 per cent approval rating.
Her disapproval rating was close to last year’s, when she scored 71 per cent in Ontario. Her approval rating in her home province was unchanged from 2016.
Wynne scored the strongest disapproval rating nationally, hitting 48 per cent, which put her just above Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. (Source: Global News)