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In early last year when grade 13 was omitted from the curriculum a literacy test was implemented for grade 10 students to evaluate their ability to read and write This literacy test has been the most controversial issue to hit the education board since the lack of funding for extra curricular activities This issue has brought hard aches to students parents and even teachers Students are thrown in to making the decision of what they are planning on doing with the rest of their lives before they even have the chance to grow up and experience what real education is like Within their first year of secondary education children have to make the drastic decision of deciding whether university is for them or should they just jump into the working force Yet a drastic problem has arisen So many students who written the literacy test have failed leaving them without a chance of obtaining a high school diploma The Toronto Star brought about a clear point retaining to the failure of this test how can someone who fails this test and doesnt obtain a diploma possibly go out there and get a job Ontarios education minister Elizabeth Witmer has brought up the discussion of possibly implementing a secondary diploma for students who do not successfully pass the literacy test While the Toronto Star completely mocks the idea the National Post looks at this and adds possible ways to strengthen it The main question that has arose since the results of this test are what should we do with the so many children who have not completed the test successfully The question that has arisen so many controversial issues was easily identified with the vast amount of failing students The National Post came up with these vital statistics 56 of Grade 10 students who do not plan to attend college or university failed the reading or writing or both portions of last Februarys literacy test National
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