By Gary Wheeler
(TORONTO, ON) – The Government of Ontario has nominated for appointment Dave Cooke as the new chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
Cooke was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for 20 years, serving in numerous capacities including Minister of Education. During that time, the government established the Royal Commission on Learning, which led to the creation of EQAO.
The Education Quality and Accountability Office is an independent agency of the Ontario government that was established in 1996.
“Dave Cooke is uniquely qualified to be chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office,” said Ontario’s Minister of Education, Liz Sandals. “His history of public service and his demonstrated commitment to Ontario’s publicly funded education system give me every confidence he will excel in this challenging role.
EQAO is responsible for student assessments that produce objective, reliable, publicly shared information about student achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. This information is also used by the Ontario government to support the development of policies and curricula that respond to student needs.
The latest EQAO test scores show that 72 per cent of grades 3 and 6 students are meeting or exceeding the provincial standard in reading, writing and math, an increase of 18 percentage points compared to 2002-03. Ontario is committed to having 75 per cent of grades 3 and 6 students meet the high provincial standards in EQAO assessments.