SUCCESS FOR ALL:
ONE OF THE GREATEST
CHALLENGES IN EDUCATION
The Sommet du Québec
et de la jeunesse (Québec Youth Summit) provided a forum for discussions
on the future, on Québec's youth and, of course, on education. At this
summit, the various socioeconomic partners made two commitments for the coming
years: to emphasize the importance of education in all sectors of Québec
society and to promote success for the greatest possible number of young people.
The Minister of Education
feels strongly that education must be a central priority for Québec.
Education is a major challenge, one that involves not only the education community
but all of Québec society.
In the spring of 2000,
the Ministère de l'Éducation du Québec (MEQ) adopted
measures to translate its commitment to success into concrete action. It asked
all elementary and secondary schools to draw up and implement a success plan.
Since then, each school team has established clear and measurable goals with
respect to student achievement and determined the means by which it intends
to attain these goals. Each school team has also identified ways of measuring
the results of its plan on a regular basis in both quantitative and qualitative
It should be remembered
that the success plans are comprehensive: they deal with all aspects of school
life. The governing board, which is responsible for developing the success
plan, has sufficient leeway to adapt it to the realities of the school. The
success plan will therefore reflect the particular characteristics of the
In February 2001, the
MEQ assessed the success plan operation at the elementary and secondary levels.
This first assessment was very positive. Pleased with the participation and
commitment of the school system and with the quality of the plans themselves,
the Minister of Education stated that "the success plans were among the
most ambitious initiatives undertaken to date specifically to promote success
for the greatest possible number."
Updating the Success
The success plans may
cover a three-year period but must set targets for each year. The school boards
sent the MEQ updated consolidated plans for 2000-2003 on November 30, 2001.
The consolidated plan of a school board includes the success plans of all
the institutions under its jurisdiction.
The success plan operation
offers all those concerned a unique opportunity to remove obstacles and to
create the necessary conditions for all young people to achieve success. This
educational endeavour is well under way. The Minister is convinced that the
schools and school boards are best able to assess the measures taken to promote
student success and to suggest those most suited to their milieux, their students'
needs and parents' expectations. Furthermore, he is persuaded that, together,
parents, students, school personnel and partners in business and industry
will make a major success of this undertaking.
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