Wheeeee! TCDSB academic standards + teacher respect take a tumble!!!
Our latest school board trustee gaffe comes from Toronto. We learn that the TCDSB secondary teachers received a startling board communique; their mid-semester or partial term reports shouldn't contain a mark less than 35%! OECTA TSU President Dave Szollosy points out that’s contrary to the intent of the MOE’s “Growing Success” document. When "minimum marks" are concerned, it states;
“Individual boards will work collaboratively with their school communities to determine the lower limit of the range of percentage marks below 50 per cent that teachers may record on the report cards of students in Grades 9 to 12. It is important that a consistent approach is adopted among all the schools of a board.”
“We are extremely disappointed that the Board has decided to dictate policy without respecting teacher professional judgement for curriculum integrity.”
"It would be very prudent for teachers to communicate with parents and students to inform them of what the actual mark the student has earned to this point. This would at least protect teachers from being accused of misrepresenting the important mark information on an official ministry document while not being vulnerable to accusations of insubordination."
That is very regretful. It shows disrespect for the TSU teachers' professional judgement and the TCDSB's board wide academic integrity alike. The TCDSB is a school board that once cherished and was respected for it's high standards. It has tragically now earned a failing grade for itself, due to the trustees lack of due process and diligence!
Let's hope the rest of Ontario's teachers, parents and students don't soon find their own school board also mimicking the TCDSB's ill advised power play. A lack of proper consultation, a disrespect for teacher professional judgement and padded student marks are not the way forward our province's world class school system should be tempted to go!