June 13, 2024
Ontario unveils details of qualifying math tests for future teachers
The test will be administered by the province’s faculties of education, but it is unclear when teacher candidates would write it during their two years in the program.
The test will be administered by the province’s faculties of education, but it is unclear when teacher candidates would write it during their two years in the program.

The Ontario government has expanded the role of the agency that administers standardized tests to students to start testing future teachers in math before they can receive their teaching licence.

At least 70 per cent of the new math proficiency test will assess teacher candidates on content, including fractions, percentages and other basic arithmetic. The rest of the assessment will test them on how to teach the subject in the classroom. Deputy minister of education Nancy Naylor revealed the details of the test to the deans of education at postsecondary schools in a memo sent last week that was obtained by The Globe and Mail.

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is developing the test, which will be administered to student teachers looking to be certified and teach in the province’s elementary and high schools. Currently, the EQAO tests Ontario students in reading, writing and mathematics.

Ontario’s move requiring teachers to pass a math test before receiving their certificate – the first province to do so – is expected to begin in the coming academic year. Several jurisdictions in the United States also mandate teacher testing in math.

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