Annual report on schools 2016
Every year for the past 19 years, principals from across Ontario have filled out our annual school surveys to tell us about how things are going at their schools. Their work makes this report possible.
The geography of opportunity:
What’s needed for broader student success
On Thursday, May 26, People for Education released our Annual report on Ontario’s publicly-funded schools. The report is an audit of the education system – a way of keeping track of the impact of policy choices in the 5000 schools across the province. It recognizes the challenge for a public education system is to serve all of its students and to serve them well.
This year’s report raises significant questions about the impact of geography on students’ equitable access to education. Students living in small towns, rural and Northern communities are less likely to have music or health and physical education teachers, have less access to psychologists, and are more likely to attend schools that put caps on waiting lists for special education.
The report – based on survey responses from 1,154 principals in English, Catholic and French schools from across the province – recommends a review of Ontario’s funding formula in order to address the inequities.
This annual report is unique in Canada.