Independent Review of Assessment and Reporting

About the engagement

An independent review of student assessment and reporting was announced in September 2017. The review, titled Ontario: A Learning Province, was conducted by Ontario's Education Advisors, led by Dr. Carol Campbell.

The focus of this review was to ensure that Ontario's assessment and reporting practices are culturally relevant, measure a wider range of learning and better reflect student well-being and equity.

What is assessment?

Assessments are the deliberate, planned process of collecting data for making decisions. The resulting data is interpreted to provide information or knowledge:

  • for students to understand their learning of the curriculum
  • for parents/guardians to see their child's progress
  • for educators to know how well individual and groups of students are mastering the curriculum
  • for school and system leaders to inform decisions
  • for the public to improve confidence in the education system.

Consultation overview

Ontarians were invited to join a province-wide public conversation to help guide recommendations on how to modernize student assessment and reporting tools.

More than 5,000 people — including parents/guardians, educators, students, community members and a diverse range of stakeholders — provided input as part of the engagement process:

  • More than 800 people attended in-person engagement sessions in: Ottawa, Barrie, Sudbury, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto and Thunder Bay
  • Over 4,100 people responded to an online survey
  • 44 written submissions were received
  • Many others shared comments through webcasts and on Twitter.

What they heard

The advisors heard that assessment processes must give students and educators timely and relevant feedback on their progress, that stimulate growth in relation to their past performance and future goals, and that communicate real-time information to parents/guardians and professionals who can help students in their quest for fulfillment and success.

There was a strong consensus about the need for changes in EQAO assessments. There is a high level of concern about the current nature and impact of EQAO assessments given commitments to student equity and minimizing undesirable indirect effects of assessments on students' learning and well-being. Many people also said that the priority should be to build a system that focuses on classroom assessment that result in meaningful, descriptive feedback for individual students.

More details about the engagement and what was heard can be found in the Executive Summary.

Read the full report.

What we are doing

This report will help us make our publicly funded education system even better at unleashing every student's full potential. The ministry intends to move forward with our partners on the recommendations for strengthening classroom assessment and reporting, including the Transformation Steering Committee (TSC, while further consulting this fall with parents, educators and our partners on the recommendations related to EQAO to develop next steps.