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Ontario Scraps Test for New Teachers

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The Ontario Ministry of Education has decided to stop administering a controversial test for new teachers in the Canadian province and replace it with an induction program.

The test was adopted by the previous Tory administration in 2002. But in a recent letter, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy, a member of the Liberal Party, said it has made only a “limited contribution to readying new teachers for the classroom.”

The decision means that close to 10,000 new teachers won’t have to take the four-hour test this year.

The induction initiative, Mr. Kennedy wrote, will include “mentoring, increased professional-development opportunities, and other resources to supplement preservice training.” The ministry is working with school boards and school of education faculties to craft the new program.

A new assessment of teachers would then be devised and given at the end of the first year of teaching.

Vol. 24, Issue 19, Page 11

Published in Print: January 19, 2005, as Ontario Scraps Test for New Teachers

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