If you had $1.6 million to spend on your child’s education, would you rather (a) more teachers, lessening the teaching burden across the board and possibly preventing overcrowded classrooms, or (b) a provincial test administrated to all grade 3s, 6s, and 9s that is already being called insignificant and unnecessary by educators?
(You picked (a), right?) You’re not alone.
The CBC reported this week that teachers across PEI are asking the government to get rid of provincial testing that takes place in grades 3, 6, and 9 and measures reading, writing, and math levels. Doing so will save the province $1.6 million over the next two years. Teachers are calling the provincial tests unnecessary, given that national tests already take place. In a province as small as PEI, provincial assessments may not mean all that much. Earlier this year, Alberta got rid of their provincial assessments, opting instead of computer-based testing.
The request comes at a time when 40–70 teaching positions are being cut over the next two years, so teachers are likely hyperaware of ways to save money.
But what about the non-teaching population? Do you agree with this cost-saving measure, or do you think the provincial tests are a valuable resource?