Are Nova Scotia children ready for school?

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Kings County News

By Jesse-Ann Hennessey

Special to KingsCountyNews.ca

Nova Scotia Primary students are going to take part in a study that will help the province see if our communities are properly preparing children for school.

Primary teachers will complete a questionnaire called the Early Development Instrument (EDI), but the children won’t be individually identified.

The EDI results will help the province with adjusting school programs to meet students’ needs and adjusting early childhood programs to make sure students are ready to learn and also to ease the transition to school.

According to the EDI website, www.offordcentre.com/readiness, if a child is not prepared for school it will affect their ability to meet the demands of school and also affect the amount they benefit from school.

This disadvantage makes it difficult for them to catch up, and most don’t.

Erna Fraser, an elementary program consultant with the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, said she thinks the results from the study will help the province but the changes will not be instant.

“Change in education takes time,” she said.

There is no easy way to fix things, but the EDI is going to help, said Fraser.

“There are no quick fixes.”

The EDI is done all over Canada and internationally. Strait Regional School Board has been using it for a number of years and using the information from it, said Fraser.

“It’s a very thorough instrument,” she added.

Getting the teachers to do the questionnaire will produce very accurate results and shows recognition of the teachers expertize, said Fraser.

“[It] values teachers as experts,” she said.

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada

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