by Eric Pember, Centennial Journalism
The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has administered tests in every school within the province of Ontario since 2000. They test the literacy and math abilities of Ontario public school students. These tests have been generally praised for their continually-increasing average scores. The program, however, has also been criticized over the years. For example, some teachers find issues with how the program’s English exams are administered. Centennial Journalism’s Eric Pember went to Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute and asked two teachers about EQAO. Listen to his interview here with Renee Cullen, the school’s librarian and Jackie Matsuoka, the English/ESL teacher.