TORONTO, Ont. – Report cards are being distributed this week to students across the province but it’s not clear if they’ll be nearly blank or filled with feedback.
The teachers’ union remains unhappy about the contracts imposed by the government but the ongoing protest that’s been affecting students seems to be easing.
In the fall, public elementary teachers were directed by their union to do the bare-minimum when it came to filling out report cards, but this time they’re being encouraged to use their professional judgement.
This directive comes from a two-page memo from the Elementary Teachers Federation saying teachers will not be expected to comment on every learning skill, the Toronto Star reported.
A spokesperson for the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario told 680News the union typically sends out memos to their members about report cards. The union is simply providing routine information to its members.
Report cards were sent home to students of the Peel Region School Board Monday. Toronto District School Board students can expect their report cards Friday.
TDSB expects that one-in-five teachers followed the union’s bare-bones directive in the fall.
Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne has promised to mend fences with the teachers in order to ensure the highest quality of education for students across the province.
“The process over the last few months in the relationship between education and government has not been what it should’ve been,” said Wynne.