Action on Initial Recommendations by Council to Improve Classroom Conditions

Education and Early Childhood Development

March 29, 2017 11:26 AM

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.

"From the results of its first meeting, it is clear the council and its members are committed to addressing classroom issues and developing real, sustainable solutions," said Ms. Casey. "We will implement a number of them right away and work to carry out the remaining recommendations as quickly as possible.”

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

The province is developing a targeted consultation with teachers and other users on more improvements to PowerSchool and TIENET. This will include observing educators as they use the programs to identify areas where improvements can and should be made.

Many of the outstanding recommendations require the department and school boards to present information and options to the council at its next meeting in April. These include giving teachers more time to respond to emails and prepare Individual Program Plans and looking at the timing of pupil evaluation, classification, and administrative days. The council also reviewed a draft attendance policy, which will be discussed further at April’s meeting.

The initial report from the council is expected by April 28.

A full list of the 18 recommendations, status, and implementation timelines is available online at www.novascotia.ca/classroomcouncil.


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     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 will be

immediately implemented and ten are in progress.

     Ms. Casey says it is clear the council is committed to

addressing classroom issues and developing real, sustainable

solutions. She says that the province and school boards will

implement a number of the recommendations right away and work to

carry out the remaining recommendations as quickly as possible.

     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 and one provincially mandated assessment, directing school

boards on three issues teachers have identified with PowerSchool

and preparing and sharing a summary of council discussions and

recommendations.

     The province is developing a targeted consultation with

teachers and other users on more improvements to PowerSchool and

TIENET.

     Many of the outstanding recommendations require the

department and school boards to present information and options

to the council at its next meeting in April.

     A full list of the recommendations is available on the

council website.

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Media Contact: Heather Fairbairn
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Email: Heather.Fairbairn@novascotia.ca