Student retention and the evaluation of knowledge
Staying in school enables students to acquire solid knowledge. MELS has just provided teachers with a document that will make their work easier by listing the essential knowledge an elementary school student must acquire in each subject by the end of each year. A similar document is being developed on the progression of learning in secondary school and will be available in the course of the 2009-2010 school year.
The evaluation of learning that teachers must do attests to students’ success. Changes must be made, and MELS will announce certain orientations in this regard in the course of the current school year. Beginning in September 2010, these changes will involve simplifying the evaluation process, making needed modifications to the examinations in order to evaluate the knowledge acquired by students, and making report cards still clearer for parents.