Ontario is dedicating more than $60 million to help support students across the province achieve better results in mathematics.
Math is a critical requirement for the jobs of today and tomorrow. Starting next September, key elements of the renewed strategy will be introduced including:
- A minimum of 60 minutes each day of protected learning time for effective mathematics instruction and assessment for students in Grades 1 to 8
- Up to three math lead teachers in all elementary schools
- Coaching for principals of select secondary schools to lead improvement in math among their students
- Support for learning at home through parent resources that provide helpful tips and information on the mathematics curriculum
- Better access to online math resources and math supports such as Homework Help or SOS Devoirs
- Math support for Grades 6 to 9 outside of the school day
- Opportunities for educators to deepen their knowledge in math learning, teaching and leading, including a dedicated math Profess ional Development Day to further their school improvement efforts.
“Our renewed math strategy takes the latest research and what we’ve learned from our successful journey to improve literacy, and applies it to improve math outcomes,” Education Minister Liz Sandals said. The shift in math strategy is informed by research and lessons learned from the education sector. It focuses on the needs of students, their families, educators, schools and district school boards and encourages a shared responsibility to support student learning.The strategy also supports Ontario’s renewed vision for education with its focus on achieving excellence in math.
An additional 6,000 teachers have earned additional qualifications in math since 2014.