This book examines the history of standardized testing in Ontario leading to the current context and its impact on racialized identities, particularly on Grade 3 students, parents, and educators. Using a theoretical argument supplemented with statistical trends, the author illuminates how EQAO tests are culturally and racially biased and promote a Eurocentric curriculum and way of life privileging white students and those from higher socio-economic status. This book spurs readers to further question the use of EQAO standardized testing and challenges us to consider alternative models which serve the needs of all students.
Ardavan Eizadirad holds a PhD from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is an educator with the Toronto District School Board and a community activist with non-profit organizations Youth Association for Academics, Athletics, and Character Education in the Jane and Finch community and Amadeusz in Toronto, Canada.
1. My Spiritual Journey as an Educator2. Elementary EQAO Standardized Testing on the Bubble- To Eliminate or Maintain?3. Royal Commission on Learning and the Birth of EQAO and the Accountability Movement in Ontario4. Inequality of Opportunity- Experiences of Racialized and Minoritized Students5. Symbiotic Relationship between Curriculum, Tyler Rationale, and EQAO Standardized Testing6. EQAO Results and School Rankings7. Understanding the Research Approach and the Data8. Invisible Scars and Traumatizing Effects of Standardized Testing: Voices of Grade 3 Children, Parents, and Educators9. External Assessment as Stereotyping10. Decolonizing Educational Assessment Models