Ontario fights court ruling striking down new mandatory math test for teachers

TORONTO – The Ontario government is trying to resist a court ruling that found a mandatory math test for new teachers unconstitutional.

An Ontario District Court last month struck down a math aptitude test as violating the Charter’s equality provisions because it found the test had a disproportionate impact on teachers experiencing racism.

The court said there were large disparities in the success rates of standardized tests based on race.

But the government is now arguing that the court made legal errors in this decision, including using a very low threshold to determine discrimination, given that there was only one administration of the test.

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The government is seeking permission for the Ontario Court of Appeals to hear the case.

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Premier Doug Ford’s government introduced the test as part of an effort to improve students’ scores on standardized math tests.

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