Education that Works for You - Modernizing Learning

Published on March 15, 2019

Province Modernizing Learning

March 15, 2019 7:21 A.M.

Today, Ontario's Government for the People announced its plan to modernize learning in the publicly funded education system.

Following feedback from Ontario's largest ever consultation on education, the province will be improving learning in the following areas.

Math

The government has announced a new four-year math strategy to ensure students have a strong understanding of math fundamentals and how to apply them. This approach will:

 

  • Improve student performance in math
  • Help students solve everyday math problems
  • Increase students' employability for the jobs of tomorrow.

 

The strategy will feature a new math curriculum for all students in all grades phased in over four years. The curriculum will emphasize basic concepts and skills contributing to students' future success and be accompanied by parent and teacher resources. The first elements of the new curriculum will be available in September 2019.  

In addition to an improved curriculum, online resources will be available to support student learning. The government has also introduced legislation that would require new teachers to pass a math content knowledge test before they enter the classroom in a professional capacity. If passed, the legislation would ensure teachers are confident and capable in teaching math and, by the spring of 2020, would be required to pass the test in order to be certified by the Ontario College of Teachers.

For teachers already in the system, the government will provide funding to support additional qualification courses in math.

STEM

The government is committed to preparing Ontario students for success by equipping them with the skills they need in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

The new K-12 Ontario STEM Education Strategy will enable our province to become a global leader in STEM learning. By partnering with educators, students, parents and postsecondary institutions, as well as industry leaders, the government will create new and enriched learning experiences in STEM.

An immediate step will be a revised mandatory Career Studies Grade 10 course, which will include a strand on the changing nature of work, the role of transferable skills, and the importance of STEM in key high growth industries. This course is scheduled to be released in late May for implementation in September 2019.

The strategy will also include revised Business Studies and Computer Studies curricula focused on developing job skills such as entrepreneurial skills, computational thinking and coding. In 2019-20 we will begin research and benchmarking against other jurisdictions as a foundation for revisions to these curricula.

Skilled Trades

Ontario students have experienced significant success through Specialist High Skills Majors and Dual Credit programs which have provided opportunities for students to experience skilled trades and apprenticeships. The Ministry of Education will work closely with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to increase student and parent exposure to skilled trades, technology and apprenticeship training, and focus on promoting these high-demand career pathways.

We want to ensure that students are exposed to:

 

  • A broad range of opportunities that will offer exposure to skilled trades and technology careers, and that they are exposed to these opportunities starting in elementary school.
  • Experiential, hands-on learning through community partnerships and co-op placements.

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy learning is essential to student success, to building a well-educated, responsible workforce and to preparing Ontarians for a more prosperous future.

Financial literacy will be a major component of the mandatory learning in the revised Grade 10 Career Studies course which will be released in late May for implementation in September 2019.

It will also be an area of focus in the revised math curriculum being phased in for all grades.   

Indigenous Education

A revised First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies curriculum for Grades 9-12 will be released in late May for implementation in September 2019. The curriculum was developed in collaboration with Indigenous partners to increase learning about Indigenous perspectives, cultures, contributions and histories.

Building on this, the government will continue to work with Indigenous partners to develop an approach for more curriculum revisions across subjects, grades and courses, to strengthen Indigenous content and learning.

Digital Curriculum

A new digital platform will be phased in to modernize access to Ontario's curriculum. This new digital space will help educators, parents and students access curriculum and learning resources in a user- and mobile-friendly manner and will become increasingly interactive over time. The first phase of the new platform will be launched in September 2019 and will grow steadily with more content and features in line with user needs and feedback.

These proposed changes are part of Ontario's new vision for education: Education that Works for You. The new vision will modernize Ontario's classrooms and provide students with more learning opportunities to prepare them for success in postsecondary education, apprenticeship or training, and the workforce.