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Vancouver school board wants FSA problem solved

Vancouver School Board wants Education Minister Shirley Bond and BCTF President Irene Lanzinger to sort out the problem with the Foundation Skills Assessment exam.

The BCTF recently polled its members about the FSA, and 85% of those voting said they wouldn’t have anything to do with it.

The FSA tests all students in grades 4 and 7, and the results can be used to rank schools.

In a news release, the VSB invited the ministry, the BCTF, and the public to get involved with the issue:

Vancouver trustees also approved a motion to convene a special public meeting of board standing committees I and III on January 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. The FSA will be the only agenda item for the combined meeting of the board’s Management and Coordinating, and Educational and Student Services committees.

Trustees plan to invite various stakeholder groups to attend and create a forum for an exchange of perspectives concerning the FSA. A special board meeting may be called immediately after the combined committee meeting if trustees believe further action is needed on their part.

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