Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA)
The provincial government has been administering the Foundation Skills Assessment tests to all students in Grades 4 and 7 since 2000. This test does not help students learn or teachers teach. It takes valuable time and much needed resources away from the classroom learning and undermines the ability to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students.
The FSA results are misused by a private organization to rank schools based on a very narrow measure. The FSA tests do not result in any additional funding or support for students.
Teacher Communications to Parents about the FSAs
Several legal decisions have supported the rights and responsibilities of teachers to directly communicate with parents about important educational issues. Procedures have been agreed upon between teachers and their employers for sending approved information on the FSAs to parents, so that they can make fully informed choices. Read more...
- FSA withdrawal letter
- Parents Should Know: FSA tests are not useful
- Exempt your child from the FSA – newspaper ad
- Two of BC’s largest districts sent letters last year to parents of Grade 4 and 7 students respecting their right to decide on their child’s participation in the FSA tests. Here are those letters from the boards of education for Nanaimo Ladysmith and Vancouver, the latter available in seven languages.