Ontario Preparing Students for Success

Our government is taking action to modernize and refocus Ontario’s education system to improve student outcomes by boosting foundational skills like reading, writing and math.

We are delivering on our commitment to continue to raise the bar by boosting student success in the classroom with a focus on reading, writing, math, STEM disciplines, and learning about mental health literacy.

Starting this September, all publicly funded school boards will be mandated and measured against Ontario’s new student achievement metrics that will:

Help students improve EQAO scores in reading, writing and math;

Prepare students for future success to raise graduation rates, encourage more students to participate in job skills programs and take senior math and science courses; and

Improve student engagement and awareness of mental health supports.

Students will also benefit from updated curriculum to deliver crucial knowledge that will make our students more competitive in the modern economy, with more hands-on learning, including:

Overhauled Language Curriculum & Investment – $109M to hire specialist educators andthe unveiling of anew curriculum that supports reading, restores cursive writing, phonics, critical thinking, and introduces digital media literacy skills.

Reading Screener and Supports – $12.5M annually to measure early literacy rates for students in Year 2 of Kindergarten to Grade 2 to be screened for reading skills, as recommended by OHRC. 

Grade 10 Digital Technology and Innovations in the Changing World – This new course infuses hands-on learning that drives innovation in the classroom. 

Financial Literacy Modules -Secondary students will learn how to create a budget, manage their money, protect themselves from financial scams, and plan for long term purchases such as buying a house or car with new modules.

Mental Health Modules – Develop Mental Health Literacy Modules, for teacher use in Grades 7 and 8.

To ensure students have the skills they need to compete and succeed, we are investing more than $100 million to hire over 940 educators to support students from grades 7 to 10 transition to high school.

Our government will continue ensure our students deserve a stable and enjoyable school year with the full school experience of extracurriculars, clubs and more that build real life and job skills that go beyond the classroom.

Read more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1003433/ontario-preparing-students-for-success