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February 9, 2009

Clarification from the LRB, February 7, 2009


Late last week the employers’ group, BCPSEA, along with some superintendents and principals, were claiming that the Labour Relations Board ruling, on February 2, on the FSAs dictated that teachers had to prepare for and mark the FSAs, and that principals and vice-principals could no longer administer the tests. This is not the case.

The BCTF and BCPSEA met at the Labour Relations Board on Saturday, February 7, to deal with these issues.

The matter was resolved with the BCTF and BCPSEA signing off a mediated agreement clarifying that:

  • The LRB did not put any obstacles in the way of principals and vice-principals administering the FSAs. The LRB made no order directing how school boards choose to fulfil their statutory obligations to administer the FSA. Therefore, school boards may choose to have principals or vice-principals administer the FSA.
  • Administrators will not require teachers to perform preparation activities for the administration of the FSA that have not been performed in the past.

Preparation might include such tasks as assigning pin numbers and helping students log on. However, it is the BCTF’s position that preparation for the administration of the FSAs does not include conducting practice tests. If members are directed to do practice tests, the local should file grievances.

Please also note that, again contrary to some claims, the marking of FSAs was never at issue and was never part of the LRB ruling. The Federation position that teachers will not mark the FSAs stands.

Please talk with your staff rep or contact your local president should you be approached by an administrator who is not aware of this information.