Ontario’s top court to hear government’s appeal of mandatory teacher math test case

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education for Ontario makes an announcement in Toronto on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO — Ontario’s Appeal Court will hear a case in which the government is seeking to mandate a math test for new teachers.

A lower court had struck down the math proficiency test as infringing equality provisions in the Charter because it found the test had a disproportionate effect on racialized teachers when it was first implemented last year.

But the government argued the Divisional Court made legal errors, including using too low of a threshold to determine discrimination, given that there was only one round of the new test administered to teacher candidates.

Government lawyers sought leave to have the Court of Appeal for Ontario hear the case and the court granted that application this week.

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Premier Doug Ford’s government introduced the test as part of an effort to improve students’ scores on standardized math tests.

A hearing date for the appeal has not yet been set.

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