Keeping track of the essential resources and programs in Ontario’s schools, and how they are affected by changes to provincial policy and funding.
Highlights from PFE's 2016/17 annual Ontario school survey
This year’s survey results reveal ongoing challenges in a number of areas, including demands created by competing and overlapping provincial initiatives, ongoing regional inequities, and growing gaps in schools’ fundraising.
The report shows a decline in specialist library and music teachers, but a substantial improvement in Indigenous education programs.
Among the findings:
- Only 52% of elementary schools have a teacher-librarian, either full- or part-time, a decline from 80% in 1998.
- The top 5% of fundraising secondary schools raise as much as the bottom 83% combined.
- 66% of elementary and 80% of secondary schools offer Indigenous education opportunities such as language programs, guest speakers, and cultural events. This is an increase from 49% and 61% respectively, in 2013.
Why an annual survey of Ontario's schools?
People for Education's annual school survey is unique in Canada. The information from the surveys provides an evidence-based, objective perspective on the impact of policy and funding changes on vital areas of public education, such as teacher-librarians, special education support services, and educational assistants.
Each year, we publish a report on the data we collect, along with other research findings. Our reports are quoted widely in the media and used by boards of education, the Ministry of Education, politicians, parents and citizens.
Our goals are to engage parents, educators and the broader public in thinking about education policy, and to shine a light on the wide range of factors that affect students’ chances for success at school and in life.
Our data, in the real world.
Data from our survey is used by researchers, media, and other organizations.