Ontario cancels all standardized testing in schools amid coronavirus pandemic

Mar 18 2020, 7:14 am

The Province of Ontario is cancelling all standardized tests for elementary and secondary students, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Given these extraordinary circumstances, the government is taking immediate action to continue protecting the health and safety as well as reduce the burden on students,” Stephen Lecce, the Minister of Education said in a statement on Tuesday. 

According to Lecce, the decision was made in consultation with parents, students, educators, and administrators.

And, in coordination with the Deputy Minister, Lecce worked directly with the Directors of Education across the province to get feedback from the sector on the decision.

“I want to be clear, this cancellation will not impede student graduation. We will continue to follow the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” Lecce said.

On March 12, Ontario schools announced their closure for two weeks after March Break, from March 14 to April 5.

With coronavirus on the rise, Toronto Public Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.