Student Success Does Not Have A Postal Code
The FSA (Foundation Skills Assessment) is a test that’s given to students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 all across British Columbia. This year, it’s scheduled to happen from October 2 to November 10, 2023. It’s important to know that taking the FSA is a choice, and it’s not something students have to do as part of their regular school work. Plus, doing well on this test doesn’t mean students get extra help or support.
People have been talking for a long time about the FSA, and some folks are worried about how the government lets groups like the Fraser Institute use the test scores to make lists ranking schools. This test can create disagreements and doesn’t provide a lot of help.
Teachers in BC are concerned about how private companies use the test scores to make existing problems in our schools even worse. For example, the Royal Bank of Canada has tried to use this information to affect how much homes cost. We’ve seen many news stories that focus on finding the “worst” schools, and we think this can make people feel bad and harm our school communities.
ACTIONS YOU can TAKE
BC teachers think that the government can safeguard the information gathered during the FSA test by using its legal authority. The government should make sure that groups like the Fraser Institute and others can’t use student data for their own gain and make existing inequalities even worse. Companies that are in it for the money shouldn’t be allowed to take advantage of student information.
The most genuine and personalized way to assess students’ progress is through a curriculum-based evaluation. If you have any questions about how well your child is doing in school, the best person to talk to is your child’s teacher. They can provide you with insights into your child’s strengths and areas where they might need some extra help.