— Philippe Couillard (@phcouillard) June 21, 2017
Québec City, June 21, 2017– Today, the Quebec Government released the Policy on Educational Success, setting ambitious goals for 2030. The Policy covers the period extending from early childhood to adulthood.
The Policy sets directions in all dimensions of success and for all stages of the educational journey of children, students and adults. Last fall, thousands of teachers, parents, students, ordinary citizens and education representatives from everywhere in Quebec had an opportunity to make their views known as part of regional or online consultations, or by filing a brief.
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard and Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, jointly presented the Policy at De Rochebelle high school in front of 200 people, including students and education stakeholders and partners.
Mr. Couillard and Mr. Proulx reiterated the importance of having an education system that is supported by all citizens, institutions, public organizations and the business community. The new Policy puts forward an ambitious approach and long-term objectives for all Quebecers.
The directions and instruments of the Policy on Educational Success are based on three components that gave shape to the thinking of those who took part in last fall’s political consultations: reaching everyone’s full potential; the provision of an inclusive environment fostering personal development, learning and success; and the mobilization of success-oriented stakeholders and partners.
The Policy on Educational Success that we are launching today is the beginning of a major collective project. It is meant to rally people together. It aims at helping all students, without exception, to succeed, whatever their age or status. An education system providing all participants with equal opportunities is a powerful social equity tool. It is up to us to write the next chapters of this Policy. It is up to us to share the joy of learning and provide every possible chance of success.
–Premier Philippe Couillard
I am proud to be launching this Policy in the presence of my colleagues and other partners here today. More than ever before, all of us must combine our efforts for the good of education, and, together, we request the participation of all Quebecers in helping us reach our goals. We will build the school of tomorrow together, and together, we will carry out the changes that are required. We all share the same responsibility to do everything we can to help all of our students surpass themselves and be successful all the way from early childhood to adulthood.
-Sébastien Proulx, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Minister of Families, and Minister responsible for the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region
Highlights of the Policy on Educational Success:
2030 Horizon: ambitious goals
- Increase the proportion of students under 20 years of age who receive a first diploma or qualification to 90%, and the proportion of these students holding their first diploma to 85%;
- Reduce the gap in success rates between various groups of students by half;
- Increase the proportion of children who begin school without any vulnerability factors to 80% (by 2025);
- Increase the success rate on ministerial exams in writing in grade 4 (year 2, cycle 2) in the public system to 90%;
- Increase the proportion of the Quebec adult population demonstrating high-level literacy skills by 5 percentage points;
- Increase the proportion of students entering secondary school without academic delay;
- Improve the quality of school buildings.
Concrete actions include:
- The establishment of a working group entrusted with the task of making recommendations for the creation of a national institute of excellence in education;
- The establishment of three fields of analysis dealing with:
- The valorization of the teaching profession and the professional empowerment of the teaching personnel;
- The modernization of educational methods and of learning assessment methods;
- The contribution of the business community to academic success.
Work will begin on the following goals:
- Revise the funding model for students with disabilities or adaptation/learning difficulties;
- Establish a minimum threshold for specialized and integrated services in schools and centres to ensure adequate responses to student needs;
- Encourage private teaching institutions to share in efforts to integrate students with disabilities or adaptation/learning difficulties;
- Consult with the Office des professions du Québec on the creation of a professional order of special education teachers;
- Create an annual award recognizing a teacher for his or her innovative teaching practices;
- Analyze the opportunity of increasing compulsory school attendance from the age of 16 to 18, or until a student receives his or her first diploma or qualification.
Over the next few months, an interdepartmental strategy for strengthening all educational services provided to young children aged 0 to 8 years will be made public in the aim of fulfilling the Policy’s major goal of making education available to children from the youngest possible age.
A number of strategies and action plans will be developed in support of the Policy’s directions over the first few years of its implementation, particularly in the following areas:
- Professional training;
- Role of digital technologies in education;
- Literacy and French learning;
- Language proficiency;
- School infrastructure;
- Adapting services for persons with different backgrounds and needs.