Students in Ontario elementary schools will soon be required to have one full hour a day of math instruction.
Education Minister Liz Sandals says the province will spend $60 million to help students improve their test scores in math.
Sandals says Ontario’s Grade 3 math results declined by four percentage points and Grade 6 results fell seven percentage points between 2010 and 2014.
The government wants each elementary school to have up to three lead teachers who have a special interest in math, so they can share their expertise with their colleagues.
Each lead math teacher will be released from regular classroom duties for five days for professional development, and some of the money announced by Sandals will help pay for supply teachers to replace them.
There will also be one additional professional development day on math for all teachers starting in the next school year.