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Ontario looks to move standardized testing online, will pilot some testing this year

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks during the daily update on COVID-19 at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce speaks during the daily update on COVID-19 at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO — Ontario says it intends to move its annual standardized school tests online and has started to search for a company to develop a platform for them.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), which creates and administers the assessments, started the procurement process Wednesday.

He says in a statement that the change will allow the agency to modernize its approach to the annual assessment and data collection.

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The government says that for the 2020-21 school year, EQAO will be field-testing online assessments for Grade 9 math.

It also says the change will ensure testing accessibility for students with special education needs, increasing equity for different student populations.

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The province did not say when the transition to fully online EQAO testing is expected to begin.

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