WATCH: What the leaders would do to improve math scores

Provincial leaders weigh-in on standardized testing

Math scores in the province just aren't adding up.

As the next round of standardized testing for Grade 3 and 6 students begins, the three provincial party leaders claim they know how to make things better.

Between 2010 and 2013, only 52 per cent of students met the provincial standard of a B grade (75 per cent).

Premier Kathleen Wynne tries to make things rosy, not focusing on math alone. She says 71 per cent of students have achieved "high provincial standards" in reading, writing and math.

Her campaign says they will continue to review the math curriculum, provide better help for struggling students, and help teachers specialize in math - all to improve grades.

Tory leader Tim Hudak agrees with that last point. He says he would also bring in a new test for science in Grade 8.

Hudak stresses many jobs in the future will rely on strong knowledge of math and science.

As for the NDP, leader Andrea Horwath would only say she'd work with teachers to figure out what to do. Horwath says she wouldn't pretend to have all the answers.

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  1. Leon posted on 05/27/2014 05:38 PM
    I love that Tim Hudak's platform includes increased financial literacy in the school curriculum, because it will lead directly to fewer Liberal and NDP voters. When their platforms depend on spending more money than they could possibly bring in and the voters understand what a stupid way to operate that is, we'll all be better off.

    I'll be voting PC, and so should you.
  2. Mel posted on 05/27/2014 05:55 PM
    We should lower the diffculty of the test and reward the teachers wih another raise when the numbers look good.
    Liberals all the way.
    1. Frankie posted on 05/28/2014 01:54 PM
      @Mel Not sure how much lower they can go. We already have the dumbest (Liberal) voters in Canada who enjoy being robbed blind, enjoy working longer hours to pay for the farcical incompetence of the Liberals, sign up for the dumbest energy policy possible, and who support the idea of the police watching while natives viciously assault people.

      I think all Liberal voters should move to Caledonia and have their bank accounts regularly emptied. We can count on them not to complain.
  3. Walter posted on 05/27/2014 11:14 PM
    Karen Stintz said it best.

    It is the stupid curriculum that the Liberals have implemented that does not involve memorizing times tables.
    1. Sarah from Cobourg posted on 05/28/2014 12:22 PM
      @Walter Wrong, wrong, wrong !!!
      The stupid math mess we're in now was the brainchild of Mike Harris.
      You will remember him - he's the guy who was unsuccessful at trying to gain his permanent teaching credentials and wrought his anger on the school boards of the province as premier.
    2. Jack posted on 05/28/2014 12:27 PM
      @Sarah from Cobourg Harris, you say? Where do I know that name from..... Oh, that's right! He's the man who hasn't held power in Ontario for the past eleven years. Strange that so many of today's problems are seemingly his fault, I'd have thought eleven years would be plenty of time for the strong, competent leadership of the Liberals to fix everything.
    3. Frankie posted on 05/28/2014 01:50 PM
      @Jack Didn't you get the memo? Harris is also responsible for global warming, the "stealing" of our tax dollars to cancel the gas plants, forcing McGuinty and his Liberals to lie daily, Caledonia, eHealth, Ornge, and Rob Ford's addictions.
  4. Angry Bill posted on 05/28/2014 11:20 AM
    I would think the liberals wouldn't want people having good math skills.

    For instance, if voters were capable of counting to 1.1 billion, the liberals would be turfed out of office so fast their heads would spin.
  5. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 05/28/2014 12:24 PM
    Hudak's math plan will be him trying to understand the subject at all.
    A million jobs ... yeah, right.
    1. Jack posted on 05/28/2014 12:25 PM
      @Sammy from Scarborough At least Hudak's plan involves creating any private sector jobs at all. The Liberal and NDP platforms are nothing but promises to kill employment, deepen the debt, and line the pockets of special interest groups.
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