Principals' associations asking for grade 10 literacy test to be postponed

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Three provincial principals' associations are calling on the Education Minister to postpone the Grade 10 Literacy Test.

Officials representing principals in the public, Catholic, and French education boards say they are concerned about preparing students for the test and administering it when the time comes.

In a letter to the minister, representatives write 'there are extensive accommodation considerations' for the literary test that need to be completed by teachers who are part of ongoing job action.

The letter states, "Without support from staff who have direct knowledge of the accommodation need for the students in their classes, accurately completing these tasks is difficult and, in many cases, will be incomplete...incomplete information creates an inequity for our students who rely on these accommodations to be successful."

The letter also states some teachers are being told by their unions not to provide preparation support in the form of bootcamps and school literacy courses.

Representatives also voice their concerns with administering the test as, "teachers will only do their scheduled teaching and supervision responsibilities without providing the additional accommodations and modifications..."

Officials are calling on the government to postpone the 2020 Literacy Test until next year and have this year's crop of Grade 10 students join next year's group as a double cohort.

Click here to read the full letter.