Homeschooling Necessary departmental exams are challenged

(Montreal) A group of Quebec parents is calling for a suspension this year, which forces children educated at home to pass ministerial exams by 4.e a 6e years, as well as in 2e secondary.

Published on May 23

Frederic Lacroix-Couture
Canadian press

The Quebec Association for Homeschooling (AQED) wants these tests to remain optional among the five possible options for the annual assessment of children’s homework knowledge.

AQED is concerned about the consequences that the requirement for ministerial examinations could have on these students. About half of them have been expelled from school because they have learning disabilities, mental health problems or problems that the mainstream education system, according to the organization, cannot adequately address.

Following repeated unsuccessful requests, AQED claims that last Thursday it sent an official announcement to the office of the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, “to ask him to take urgent action to suspend the end-of-year ministerial examinations.”

If nothing moves by Wednesday, a court order will be filed, says Marine Dumond-Després, president of the association.

“The rehearsals are coming in the coming days, so it’s really urgent and we will take it very seriously. “We seem to have been very open about the consequences this could have on some of our families,” she said in an interview.

The fact that these tests are presented to these young people could cause anxiety, AQÉD, which represents 4,000 children educated at home, believes.

“We have young people who will have to go to school where they have never been because they never went to school. Young people who have been bullied – which has motivated them to choose to leave school and study at home – will be forced to return to a facility where they have experienced severe tests, “says M.yes Dumond-Despres.

The regulation of a form of standardized assessment for these students, who are experiencing certain specifics, will provide a “biased result” because it will not correspond to the way the teaching was provided, M. believes.yes Dumond-Despres.

“The choice allowed parents to choose the most appropriate type of assessment according to their child’s profile. The imposition (of ministerial examinations) denies the parent’s choice to carry out home education using alternative pedagogy, “he argues.

Documents to prepare home students for ministerial tests have been provided, but AQED considers them “insufficient”

Other annual assessment options available to families under home education policy include using an assessor from a private school or submitting a portfolio to the ministry.

The entry into force of the requirement for ministerial examinations follows from the amendment to the Regulation. One of the arguments put forward by Quebec in defense of this change is to ensure that students adhere to the educational program of the Quebec school, she said.yes Dumond-Despres.

However, according to her, parents already fill in a lot of documentation during the year, which allows the ministry to monitor progress in learning.

AQED also deplores the fact that secondary school examinations in the 4th and 5th grades are included in the 100% final grade for young people educated at home. He asks for the weight to be the same as the weight of the school network.

The association estimates that there are more than 10,000 children educated at home in Quebec, but does not know how many young people will be affected by the obligation to take ministerial exams.


This article was produced with the financial support of Meta Fellowships and The Canadian Press for News.

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