Chronology of curriculum reform in Ontario
The new Mathematics and Language curriculum for elementary schools was released.
Summer - Winter 1997
New elementary report cards were announced. The new report cards were phased in beginning with the 1997-1998 school year and were in use in all elementary schools for the 1998-1999 school year.
School boards received approximately $1 million in extra funding to help them begin planning for the use of the new curriculum in classrooms.
The new elementary Science curriculum and the new Kindergarten program were released.
New curriculum documents for Health and Physical Education, French or English as a Second Language, the Arts, for elementary schools were released along with the new Social Studies curriculum for Grades 1 to 6, the new History and Geography curriculum for Grades 7 and 8.
Drafts of the Grade 9 and 10 curriculum were posted publicly on the Internet to allow school boards, teachers and textbook publishers time to prepare to use the curriculum in classrooms. The site received 30,000 hits.
The province established professional teams to deliver and co-ordinate teacher training on the new policies and the new Grade 9 and 10 curriculum. Ten district steering committees of ministry and school board staff provided training to school teams and helped establish school/community networks. A team consisting of a principal or administrative staff and at least four teachers was established in each of Ontario's 805 high schools to provide training to teachers in their schools.
An investment of $100 million in textbooks, software, science equipment, teacher manuals and student workbooks was made in elementary schools between September 1998 and March 1999.
Work and consultation on Grade 11 and 12 curriculum continued. Detailed information on community involvement was distributed.
Over two years, $150 million was allocated for textbooks, professional resources, training videos, and school-based training to implement the new Grade 9 and 10 curriculum. This funding was in addition to the Foundation Grant which provides $100 per secondary student per year for textbooks and learning materials.
New Secondary School Report Cards were announced and an accompanying guide for teachers was developed for subsequent release.
Summer and Fall 1999
Sample courses of study were made available to schools. These "course profiles" were designed by teachers for teachers to assist with daily lesson plans.
Draft curriculum documents for Grades 11 and 12 were posted publicly on the Internet to allow school boards, teachers and textbook publishers time to prepare for implementation.
All Ontario high schools began using the Ontario Student Transcript, a complete record of each student's high school career.
Support materials for teacher-adviser system and annual education plans were released.
The government announced $64 million of additional annual funding to support the teacher-adviser program as a part of the instructional day. The funding will first apply in the 2000/2001 school year.
June 2, 2000
A monitoring and renewal process will continue beyond the initial implementation to ensure that the curriculum remains rigorous, up-to-date and continues to fulfil students' needs for their careers or further studies after high school. This process will involve the education partners who have helped in the development of this curriculum: universities and colleges, employers, parents and students themselves.
In the fall of this year, the first province-wide literacy test will be given to all students at the Grade 10 level. In 2001, it will be a diploma requirement for all students to take and pass this Grade 10 literacy test. Other province-wide tests in Grades 3, 6 and 9 will tell us how students are adapting to the new curriculum.
Students now in Grade 9 will be the first to take the new Grade 11 curriculum
starting in the fall of 2001. These students will be the first to graduate
from the new four-year high school program in 2003.