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Teachers Providing What’s Needed on Progress Reports for StudentsTeacher-parent interviews still most important communication
October 18, 2012
Public elementary teachers are providing what’s needed on progress reports for students - especially for those having difficulties - as well as reporting on student progress through parent-teacher interviews, says the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO).
"Contrary to the Minister’s statement today ETFO provided advice, not a directive, to members about the fall progress reports. Our advice is based on, and conforms with, the Ministry of Education policy documents," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. The Ministry policy document “Growing Success” advises teachers to use their professional judgment when completing progress reports, and ETFO’s advice has been taken directly from that document. ETFO often provides advice to teachers on various professional matters including student reporting.
"We’ve also made it very clear in our advice to members that where students are having difficulties, teachers provide more detailed information to parents through the progress report."
"Parent-teacher interviews have always been, and will continue to be, the most effective way for teachers to communicate with parents about a student’s progress."
Hammond added that he looks forward to meeting with the Minister. "ETFO has always been willing to sit down with the Minister and engage in a fair discussion process. However the government’s ‘take it or leave it’ approach since February has precluded any meaningful discussion."
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers and education professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.