Council to Improve Classroom Conditions
Member of council on classroom conditions optimistic Nova Scotians ‘will see some change in September’
March 29, 2017
Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Karen Casey has received the 18 initial recommendations from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions and has directed her department and school boards to act on them. Eight of the recommendations will be immediately implemented and ten are in progress.
The eight immediate actions include:
- eliminating three provincially mandated assessments and exams
- putting in place a five-year moratorium on new school board and provincially initiated assessments
- maintaining the suspension of Grade 10 exams, which will be available at teachers’ request
- maintaining the suspension of one provincially mandated assessment
- issuing a directive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to marks, which is effective April 3
- issuing a directive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to attendance, which is effective April 3
- issuing a directive to school boards about PowerSchool with regards to outcomes, which is effective April 3
- preparing and sharing a summary of council discussions and recommendations
April 6, 2017
Province to invest $974,0000 to reduce wait times for students needing psychological educational assessments.
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey, has announced a partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University to work with registered psychologists to address the needs of the more than 300 students in Nova Scotia on referral lists. She said the plan will involve four Master’s Students who will conduct the assessments as part of their training. Minister Casey says they are cutting the wait times. Starting this month, the plan will identify and organize the assessments for referred students in grades Primary to 12. She says they are going to be helping the students that need it the most.
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