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Geoff Johnson: FSA not a good way of assessing Indigenous students – Vancouver is Awesome

The Fraser Institute’s FSA-based “ranking” substantiates arguments that assessing a child in a way that does not seem relevant to their life and culture is meaningless

In its ham-fisted rush to issue its 2022 “ranking” of B.C.’s elementary schools using only the results of the Education Ministry’s controversial Foundations Skills Assessment, the Fraser Institute — a conservative ­public policy “think tank” — may have backed itself into an uncomfortable corner in this time of Orange Shirt Days and truth and reconciliation initiatives.

How so? Read on.

A 2021 ministry report on the performance of ­Aboriginal students in the public school system, ­entitled “How Are We Doing?,” counted 1,405 of B.C.’s K-7 schools as having 72,149 Indigenous students.

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