ON teachers will be expected to pass math test with 70% mark, says government memo

August 29, 2019

The Government of Ontario will require new teachers to pass a math test with a score of at least 70%, reports CBC, but teachers’ unions have questioned the government’s decision to give all teachers the same test. "In Ontario's high school system teachers teach in their areas of qualification," said Harvey Bischof, President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. "So what we have here is the potential to have an excellent, let's say, art or geography or history teacher, not qualified to teach because they don't pass a math test, a course that they would never teach." A memo from Deputy Education Minister Nancy Naylor stated that teachers who do not pass the test will have to pay an unspecified fee to retake it. CBC | Ottawa Citizen (ON)