The tax payers of SK have paid for an amazing set of new curricula. These are based on research and are cutting edge. They include First Nations, Metis and Inuit content, and are inquiry, and place based. For children to engage in inquiry, teachers should support them with assessment for learning strategies. Numerous school divisions in the province have invested professional development funds to teach teachers about inquiry and assessment for learning. However, Brad Wall, in his wisdom, has decided that there will be standardized tests for all children in the province. This will derail all the work that has been done to date.
If Brad Wall really cares that children should do thrive in school, and that the graduation rate of Aboriginal children should rise, then the money that is being spent on standardized tests should be spent to support teachers in the good work they have started with the new curricula.