Over the years, #bced teachers' objection to the #FSA has often been narrowed to the Fraser Institute's ranking of schools. Although this is a particularly odious use of the results, it should by no means be considered the sole reason to dispense with this standardized exam. 1/
The #FSA is bad pedagogy. The format and content are outdated. Giving a test unrelated to classroom learning in an unfamiliar format is completely contrary to best practice in assessment and evaluation. The exam does not align with #bced new curriculum. 2/
The exam reduces student service. Administering the #FSA takes up valuable teaching time. Time that could be spent serving the student is spent serving the test. Low scores for a school result in no additional support or resources for students. 3/
GVTA Calls on @sd61schools to Immediately Close Schools until Air Quality Returns to Safe Levels.
Students returning to full classes today while Victoria’s air quality may be the worst in the world. GVSD61’s plan to put schools into ‘hold and secure’ is in direct conflict with the Covid-19 Exposure Control Plan and BCCDC Public Health guidelines for K-12.
The GVSD Exposure Control plan tells schools to enhance school ventilation by:
•moving activities outdoors when possible
•ensuring that the ventilation system operates properly and maximize air exchange where possible, and
•opening windows when possible
Teachers around #yyj will be wearing red, lining streets outside their schools and participating in walk-ins as a show of support for education. The day will end with a rally at @Rob_Fleming office from 3:30-4:30 in support of fully funded public education system. #RedforEd
“Public education is the foundation of an equitable society,” said GVTA president, Winona
Waldron. “Teachers in Ontario, Saskatchewan and BC are currently in contract negotiations. We
need to acknowledge the important role public education plays in society at large" #RedForEd