People for Education brings an independent, evidence-based voice to policy tables and the public. We conduct our own research, and we collaborate with other researchers, universities, and subject experts to support positive change in public education.
Click on a topic below to find the latest research, news and resources.
Fundraising and fees in Ontario’s schools
This report, based on the results from our annual survey of schools, identifies equity issues related to fundraising and fees in Ontario’s publicly funded schools. Over 1200 schools across Ontario participated in the survey, and…
School-closing process to change
All of Ontario's school boards will be affected by changes to the province's guidelines for Pupil Accommodation Reviews. Many aspects of the process for closing schools are being revised.
The fundraising advantage
A new report from People for Education reveals that Ontario elementary schools with low poverty rates raise twice the amount raised by schools with higher poverty rates.
Equity in the news
Canada's largest school board is planning substantial changes to close the gap in student outcomes.
Guidance 2018: Expanding roles limited access
This report shows a disconnect between the roles that guidance counsellors are expected to fill and the amount of time they are available to fill those roles.
Beyond the 3R’s: Competencies that matter
Students need more than the 3Rs to be successful in school and in life. Health, citizenship, social-emotional, and creativity competencies are the ‘survival skills’ for the 21st century.
Insights for system change
How can our public education system support students' development of competencies in creativity, citizenship, health, and social-emotional learning?
Defining what matters: A common lexicon to support learning
To support young people for long-term success, we need concrete definitions and a common language to describe key areas of learning like citizenship, health, social-emotional learning, and creativity.
Academic or Applied? Choosing the right path
In this presentation from PFE's 2017 Making Connections, educators discuss the decision students must make between academic and applied, and if they are, perhaps, being asked to make this choice too soon.
Assessment and measurement: Beyond testing
Assessment is a core component of education. It informs teachers’ practice, helps students understand their learning, and supports policy-makers in their decision-making. We need specific, relevant information about student learning in areas beyond the 3Rs.