Results-Based Plan 2008/09
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Part I: Results-Based Plan 2008/09
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Part I: Results-Based Plan 2008/09
The Ministry of Education strives to promote a strong, vibrant, publicly funded education system that is focused on three goals: high levels of student achievement, reduced gaps in student achievement and high levels of public confidence.
Vision, Mission, Key Priorities & Results
Ontario students will receive the best publicly funded education in the world, measured by high levels of achievement and engagement for all students. Successful learning outcomes will give all students the skills, knowledge and opportunities to attain their potential, to pursue lifelong learning, and to contribute to a prosperous, cohesive society.
The ministry seeks to energize Ontario's publicly funded education system through stronger partnerships. The wisdom of educators and all those working in the education sector will continue to be sought and valued. Parents will be engaged more in the education of their children. Students will be given a stronger voice in the education they are receiving. More relationships with employers and local leaders will be strengthened to improve linkages between schools and communities.
These partnerships will create a publicly funded education system that can reach every student.
Key Priorities & Results
The ministry's work supports three government priorities.
Success for Students
Student achievement from kindergarten to Grade 12 is the top priority in education. The overall skill and knowledge level of Ontario's students must continue to rise to remain competitive in a global economy. At the same time, the achievement gap must continue to be closed between students who excel and students who struggle because of personal, cultural or academic barriers.
The government has implemented a number of initiatives to ensure more students succeed. These include the Primary Class Size Reduction Strategy and the Literacy/Numeracy Strategy. The government's Student Success Strategy is included in the Strong People, Strong Economy priority section; however this strategy is also vital to support the Success for Students priority.
The Primary Class Size Reduction Strategy is lowering class sizes for students in junior kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms. This is providing students with more individual attention so they have a better chance to succeed throughout school and beyond.
In 2003-04, twenty-five per cent of classes had 25 or more students, while only 32 per cent of primary students were learning in classes of 20 of fewer.
Additional annual funding will reach over $410 million in 2008-09 to support more than 5,100 primary teachers.
In 2007-08, 88.4 per cent of kindergarten to Grade 3 classrooms had 20 or fewer students. In addition, 0.1 per cent of primary classrooms had 25 or more students.
The government's target is 90 per cent of classrooms with 20 of fewer students and no classroom with more than 23 students.
The Literacy/Numeracy Strategy is focused on helping students establish a solid foundation in reading, writing and math by age 12.
Five years ago, only 54 per cent of students were achieving the provincial standard in reading, writing and math assessments. Students who struggle with these skills often become discouraged and later drop out of school.
The government has implemented a number of programs to help more young students succeed.
The majority of results on all Grade 3 and 6 provincial reading, writing and math tests have improved by at least 10 percentage points since 2003.
In 2006-07, 65 per cent of Grade 3 students scored at or above the provincial standard, a gain of 11 percentage points from 2002-03 and consistent with 2005-06. At the same time, 62 per cent of Grade 6 students scored at or above the provincial standard, a gain of seven percentage points and consistent with 2005-06.
The government's goal is to have 75 per cent of 12-year-old students meet the provincial standard. This is equivalent to achieving 70 per cent or a "B" grade in reading, writing and mathematics.
Strong People, Strong Economy
A strong publicly funded education will help ensure the long-term success of the province's economy. Ontario remains focused on helping more students achieve success in high school and graduate with high quality skills and knowledge. This will provide Ontario with the innovators and leaders it needs to keep the economy strong in the future.
The Student Success Strategy helps students in Grade 7 to 12 tailor their education to their individual strengths, goals and interests, and attract back students who have left school without finishing their diploma.
Nearly one-third of students were not completing their high school education only four years ago. They faced a future with an increased risk of unemployment, financial difficulties and social issues.
There are many new programs for students pursuing university, college, apprenticeships or the workplace after graduation.
Ontario's graduation rate has increased from 68 in 2003-04 to 75 per cent in 2006-07. That means a total of 22,500 additional Ontario students have graduated. The government has set an 85 per cent graduation rate target by 2010-11.
Health is a priority in Ontario's education system. Healthy students have demonstrated higher levels of learning and skill development. Healthy students are also more likely to be healthy adults; improving their quality of life and reducing their impact on the health care system.
The Healthy Schools Strategy is focused on supporting learning and growing through good food, daily physical activity and health promotion.
With childhood obesity rates on the rise, the government has taken action to create a healthier learning environment for students.
The first year of the Healthy Schools Recognition Program was a success with 1,300 schools registering to participate. Teachers, students and parents from each school identified at least one activity they would undertake to make their school a healthier place to learn.
Reach Every Student
There were a number of other initiatives launched in 2007-08 to help more students succeed. They will continue to be supported in 2008-09. The initiatives include:
Ministry of Education Organization Chart (PDF, 204 KB)
Education Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.E.2 as amended by S.O. 1991, c.10; S.O. 1991, c.15; S.O. 1992, c.15; S.O. 1992, c.16; S.O. 1992, c.17; S.O. 1992, c.27; S.O. 1992, c.32; S.O. 1993, c.11; S.O. 1993, c.23; S.O. 1993, c.26; S.O. 1993, c.27, Sched.; S.O. 1993, c.41; S.O. 1994, c.1; S.O. 1994, c.17; S.O. 1994, c.23; S.O. 1994, c.27; S.O. 1995, c.4; S.O. 1996, c.2; S.O. 1996, c.11; S.O. 1996, c.12; S.O. 1996, c.13; S.O. 1996, c.32; S.O. 1997, c.3; S.O. 1997, c.16; S.O. 1997, c.19; S.O. 1997, c.22; S.O. 1997, c.27; S.O. 1997, c.31; S.O. 1997, c.32; S.O. 1997, c.43, Sched.; S.O. 1998, c.3; S.O. 1998, c.14; S.O. 1998, c.33; S.O. 1999, c.6; S.O. 1999, c.9; S.O. 2000, c.5; S.O. 2000, c.11; S.O. 2000, c.12; S.O. 2000, c.25; S.O. 2000, c.26, Sched; S.O. 2001, c. 8; S.O. 2001, c. 13; S.O. 2001, c. 14, Sched.; S.O. 2001, c.17; S.O. 2001, c.23; S.O. 2001, c.24 ; 2002, c. 7; 2002, c. 8, Sched. A; 2002, c. 8, Sched. I; 2002, c. 17, Sched. C,; 2002, c. 17, Sched. D; 2002 , c. 17, Sched. F, Table; 2002, c. 18, Sched. G; 2002, c.22; 2003, c.2; 2004, c.8; 2004, c.31; 2005, c.4; 2005, c.5; 2006, c. 2; 2006, c. 5; 2006, c. 9, Sched. H; 2006, c. 10; 2006, c. 17; 2006, c. 21, Sched. F; 2006, c. 28; 2006, c. 32, Sched. C; 2006, c. 33, Sched. Z.3; 2006, c. 34; 2006, c. 35, Sched. C; 2007, c.7, Sched. 9; 2007, c. 14
Except: ss. 257.2.1; 257.5; 257.6(3) to (7); 257.7(3); 257.10(4),(5); 257.12; 257.12.1; 257.12.2; 257.12.3; 257.13 and 257.19(4), [see O.C. 1690/2003]
Governs elementary and secondary education in Ontario.
Education Quality and Accountability Office Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c.11; S.O. 1997, c.31; 2004, c.8; 2004, c.17; 2006, c. 21, Sched. F; 2006, c. 35, Sched. C.
Fairness for Parents and Employees Act (Teachers' Withdrawal of Services) 1997, c. 32; 2006, c. 21, Sched. F
Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c.12, as amended by S.O. 1997, c.31; 2001, c.9; 2001, c.14; 2001, c.24; 2002, c.7; 2004, c.26; 2006, c. 10; 2006, c. 19, Sched. C; 2006, c. 21, Sched. F.
Ontario Educational Communications Authority Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.O.12; 1997, c. 26, Sched.; 1999, c. 12, Sched. Q; 2002, c. 8, Sched. G; 2002, c. 8, Sched. I; 2002, c. 18, Sched. G; 2004, c. 17; 2006, c. 35, Sched. C.; 2007, Sched. 7.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Repeal Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c.16
Ontario School Trustees' Council Act, R.S.O. 1980, c.355
Ottawa-Carleton French-Language School Board Transferred Employees Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.O.44 as amended by 1992, c. 17; 1993, c. 11; 1993, c. 23; 1993, c. 27, Sched.; 1994, c. 1; S.O. 1997, c.31; 2002, c.17, Sched. F, Table.
Provincial Schools Negotiations Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.35 as amended by S.O. 1996, c.12; S.O. 1997, c.31; 2003, c.2 ; 2006, c. 10; 2006, c. 19, Sched. L; 2006, c. 35, Sched. C.
Sabrina's Law, 2005, c.7.
School Trust Conveyances Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.S.3; 2002, c.17, Sched. F, Table.
Teachers' Pension Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.T.1 as amended by S.O. 1991, vol.2, c.52; S.O. 1993, c.39; S.O. 1998, c.34; 2005, c. 31, Sched. 21; 2006, c. 33, Sched. Z.8.
Teachers' Pension Act, 1989, S.O. 1989, c.92; S.O. 1993, c.39; S.O. 1998, c.34
Teaching Profession Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.T.2, amended 1991, vol.2, c.52; S.O. 1996, c.12; S.O. 1997, c.31; S.O. 2000, c.12; 2002, c.7; 2006, c. 21, Sched. F.
Upper Canada College Act, R.S.O. 1937, c.373; 1958, c.120
* electronic version revised March 2010
Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education
The Minister's Advisory Council on Special Education advises the Minister of Education on any matter related to the establishment and provision of special education programs and services for exceptional students, including the identification and provision of early intervention programs for students with special education needs.
Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TVO)
TVO is governed by the Ontario Educational Communications Authority Act. TVO, as Ontario's publicly funded, educational media organization, provides high quality English-language educational programming and services through broadcast, distance education, and interactive web access. Distance education for elementary and secondary school credit is provided through the Independent Learning Centre. TVO's broadcast licence is governed by the federal Broadcasting Act and CRTC licensing.
The government is supporting TVO as it proceeds with conversion to digital broadcast as mandated by the CRTC. With TVO's renewed focus on its educational mandate, it continues to add new educational content to its programming to support Ontario's learners from pre-schoolers to adults through lifelong learning opportunities.
L'Office des télécommunications éducatives de langue française de l'Ontario (TFO)
In 2007-08, French language programming will be enhanced through the establishment of a new autonomous agency, "L'Office des télécommunications éducatives de langue française de l'Ontario" (TFO), a new Franco-Ontarian institution that brings together education, culture and multimedia and that provides a new public awareness of the Franco-Ontarian community and its many accomplishments. TVO will continue to have separate responsibility for English language programming and the Independent Learning Centre.
Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
EQAO is an independent agency responsible for assuring greater accountability and enhancing of the quality of education in Ontario. This is achieved through the development and administration of large-scale student assessments and the public release of assessment findings together with recommendations for system improvement.
Languages of Instruction Commission of Ontario
The Languages of Instruction Commission of Ontario was established to help resolve disputes over the provision of education programs in the language of a French or English minority group. The commission intercedes in conflicts between school authorities and French-language rights holders groups.
Ontario Special Education Tribunals (English / French)
The Special Education Tribunals provide a final avenue of appeal for parents who disagree with recommendations of the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC), for either the identification of a pupil as an exceptional pupil or the placement of an exceptional pupil.
Provincial Schools Authority
The Provincial Schools Authority (PSA) was established in 1975 under the Provincial Schools Negotiations Act. The Act created a bargaining unit of all teachers employed in provincially operated schools. The PSA negotiates a collective agreement with the Provincial School s Authority Teachers (PSAT) on behalf of the ministries of Education, and Community Safety and Correctional Services. The PSA is the employer of record for teachers, principals and vice-principals. It handles grievances, leaves and other administrative functions.
Ontario Parent Council (inactive)
The following chart depicts the ministry's investment in 2008/09 in activities that provide Ontario students with an excellent and accountable elementary/secondary education, so their futures and that of the Province will be characterized by continued prosperity, stability and growth. The ministry's budget supports the key government priority "Student Success".
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* Note: includes Statutory Appropriations but does not include consolidation adjustments. After consolidation adjustments (for agency and school board expenses), the total 2008/09 planned expenditure is $ 13,196.14M.
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Appendix: Ministry of Education
2007/08 Annual Report
The Ministry of Education seeks to establish and maintain a high quality and sustainable publicly funded education system focused on the goals of high levels of student achievement, reduced gaps in student achievement and high levels of public confidence.
Strategies that are helping the ministry achieve these goals include:
*Note: Includes Statutory Appropriations, Bad Debt expense, and reconciliation adjustments but does not include consolidation adjustments. This number is based on Interim Actuals, and final actual expenditures will be stated in the 2007-08 Public Accounts.