MPP JOURNAL for the week of December 10, 2021
Parent Survey on Education
For the first time in
Ontario’s history, the provincial government will ask all parents their
views on the province’s public education system. As Minister of Education Janet Ecker said when announcing
this survey, “It is important that we are accountable to parents and
that parents have a strong voice in our education system”.
The launch of the Parent Survey means that Ontario joins other
jurisdictions that ask for parental involvement, including Alberta,
England and Scotland.
Our government has
always stressed that parents are key partners as we refocus our education
system on improving student learning and achievement. New clear, understandable report cards, more effective school
councils and province-wide standardized tests for students are just some
ways our government has helped parents become more involved in their
Parents across the
province will receive the first ever Parents Survey in the mail.
The survey will also be included in the government’s Winter 2001
ON Magazine. A focused
telephone survey of parents will also be conducted province-wide this
winter to compliment the mailed survey.
Questions asked in
the survey range from assessing the quality of education to school safety.
Other subjects, such as setting priorities and responding to
parents’ needs, are also covered.
The Parent Survey is
an unprecedented opportunity for parents to have their say on how well the
education system is serving their children.
With the responses remaining strictly confidential, parents can let
the government know if their children are receiving the help they need, if
they have too much homework and how well their children are grasping the
basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics.
Our government feels
it is important to reach out to parents and ask: “What more can be done to make our education system
better?” So, I would
encourage all parents to fill out the survey and return it.
collected will help determine future improvements to the education system.
The information will be used to establish a baseline for future
yearly comparisons. Results
of the survey will be made public next spring.
The Parent Survey
will also be included on the Ministry of Education’s website, <www.edu.gov.on.ca>,
while a toll-free number (1-800-387-5514) will also be available for
parents to call should they require extra copies of the survey.
Many parents are
looking forward to providing their input to the government.
With the help of the Parent Survey, their advice will go a long way
to helping make the education system more accountable to parents and
responsive to the needs of our students.
David Tilson, MPP
244 Broadway, Orangeville, ON L9W 1K5
Phone: (519) 941-7751 Toll Free: 1-800-265-1603 Fax: (519) 941-3246