March 31, 2020 - Statement
Math Proficiency Test
We are disappointed in the lack of information and transparency coming from the Ministry of Education regarding the math proficiency test (MPT). As of today, regulation 271/19 proficiency in mathematics goes into effect requiring teacher candidates in Ontario to successfully complete the MPT for certification with the Ontario College of Teachers.
On March 17, 2020, the Ministry of Education cancelled EQAO testing for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This announcement included standardized testing for Grades K-12. However, this announcement did not include the MPT for teacher candidates, even though the MPT has been developed by EQAO.
Many teacher candidates (TC) in Ontario are ready and willing to further their professional development by taking additional qualification courses (AQ) online during this time. Due to the lack of information on MPT testing dates and delivery methods, TCs are hesitant to register and complete an AQ course. Teacher candidates must be in good standing with the Ontario College of Teachers for the AQ to be counted towards professional development and a successful attempt on the MPT is now a requirement to be considered in good standing with OCT.
Many of Ontario’s school boards are proceeding with their hiring processes. Many TCs have already been offered various positions that commence in the fall. With the lack of transparency and insufficient information regarding the MPT, TCs are unsure of what will happen to these contract positions. The MPT regulation will be in effect as of April 1, 2020. This will affect teaching certification requirements for every TC who is not currently in good standing with the OCT.
It is our continued recommendation that the Ministry of Education reverse regulation 271/19, requiring TCs to complete the MPT for certification with OCT. We believe that math proficiency is important, but withholding teaching certifications for the purpose of standardized testing in math proficiency is unreasonable.
Pandemic Program Disruption
Due to the current and unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, teacher candidates in Ontario have experienced program disruptions. While we hope that the Ministry of Education, the Ontario College of Teachers and Faculties of Education will grant graduating teacher candidates their program completion, we understand that there are unique and extenuating circumstances that may pose challenges for accreditation.
It is our recommendation that the Ministry of Education work with Faculties of Education to provide opportunities for teacher candidates to fulfill their requirements to graduate on time. Possibilities may include; continuing to work alongside their teaching partners to provide educational programming during these unprecedented times. In some instances, current teacher candidates may be able to offer valuable support in these challenging times as they may have more current knowledge of, and proficiency with, digital learning spaces. We suggest to the Ministry of Education and Faculties of Education that teacher candidates have these efforts recognized as partial fulfillment of the requirements of program completion and certification granted by the Ontario College of Teachers.
The Ontario Teacher Candidates’ Council Executive Team
Ontario Teacher Candidates' Council