According to a People for Education report, "In 2017, an average of 9 students per elementary and 7 students per secondary school were waiting for professional assessment, IPRC, or placement. Based on available resources, some boards limit the number of students that principals can put forward for assessment each year."
With 4,000 elementary schools across Ontario, that means approximately 36,000 elementary children are waiting, with more names are added to the list every year..
Unfortunately, the Ontario school boards do not officially aggregate the number of children on waiting lists for assessments.
However, if we accept the People for Education report estimate is not unreasonable, at $2,500 an assessment there is a $90,000,000 backlog in the elementary school system alone.
$25,000 + + +
aChild's focus on our 2020 Campaign is to raise funds for assessments for children in the early, formative years of school. An early assessment is critical to creating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the following grade, not years - and grades - later as for those children on the noted Ontario waiting list.
At minimum, we'd love to provide funding for 10 children across Ontario.
Educated kids are the future. #ItsElementary!
Early assessment and an Individualized Education Plan means a child in Grade 3 (for example) will have a formal plan aligning the curriculum and a lifetime of learning their way.
This reduces the likelihood of dropping out, increased confidence, and a fulfilling independent life.
As with every cause, our ability to help open the door to the resources a school board can provide is dependent on your support.
Helping children learn in the early, formative years in school doesn't just make sense, you could almost say #ItsElementary !
The campaign will include recognition and celebration of International Education Week, which starts November 15th.
Funds will be distributed upon reaching our minimum goal of $25,000 with the intent that the assessments are completed and an IEP in place for the September 2020 school year!